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NPSAT-1 Launches Onboard SpaceX Falcon Heavy
The long wait finally came to an end for faculty and researchers in the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG). Following several external delays to a launch that was or... Read More

NPS Marine Corps students build, launch comms rocket
Randsburg, Calif. - When two Devil Dogs recently launched a rocket built from scratch over the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, they took the expeditionary power of the United States Marine Corps t... Read More

Spring Grad’s Thesis Examines Vulnerabilities in the Space Domain
A Spring Quarter Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) graduate received two of the school’s prestigious student awards for the master’s thesis he wrote on his way to dual master’s degrees. U.S. Army Maj. ... Read More

Hamming Award Recipient Recognized for Interdisciplinary Studies in Big Data
Dr. James Scrofani, Associate Professor in the NPS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founding director of the university’s Center for Multi-INT Studies (CMIS), is the winner of the... Read More

CubeSat Communications Research Competes in NASA iTech
Research into how small satellites, known as CubeSats, communicate with each other and the Earth performed by a team of researchers in the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Space Systems Academic Grou... Read More

Marine Corps Student Brings Elite Athlete Discipline to Her NPS Studies
Before Marine Corps Capt. Kate Herren was a student in the Space Systems and Operations program at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), she competed at the highest levels of her sport with the U.S. Na... Read More

NPS Honors Longtime ECE, Space Systems Professor, Herschel Loomis
Distinguished Professor Dr. Herschel “Hersch” Loomis Jr. was honored at his retirement ceremony by being awarded the Superior Civilian Service Award by NPS President retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route ... Read More

NPS’ Newest Satellite Prepared for Launch
Students and faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) are tentatively scheduled to launch a 3-foot, 180-pound satellite dubbed NPSAT 1, as part of the next ... Read More

NPS Foundation Announces 2015 Menneken Award Winners
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) recently announced the recipients of the 2015 Menneken Awards. NPS Dean of Research Jeff Paduan made the announcement which included the introduction of a new facul... Read More

Space Systems Professor Assumes Position of Acting Provost
Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) Professor James H. Newman officially assumed the position of Naval Postgraduate School Acting Provost, Oct. 5. As he steps into his new role on campus, he noted his... Read More

Intern Develops Small, Inexpensive Star Tracker
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) student Intern Julian Brown is just 21 years old, but don’t let his young age and boyish charm fool you. He is a serious scientist and is working to build a star tracki... Read More

NPS Space Systems Academic Group Honors Legacy With ‘Space for Space’
The Naval Postgraduate School’s Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) recently acquired a piece of the leading edge of a wing from one of NASA’s Space Transportation System orbiter, also known as a spac... Read More

Novel Thesis Project Turned Patent Offers Satellite Solutions
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) alumnus Cmdr. William Crane along with NPS Professor Jim Newman, NPS Associate Professor Marcello Romano and NPS alumnus Paul Oppenheimer, an engineer with Naval Resear... Read More

International Team Solves TubeSat Enigma
A pair of Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) international exchange students from the University of Bundeswehr say they are the first to have ever successfully built an operational InterOrbital Systems T... Read More

NPS Special Report: Supporting the COCOMs – U.S. Southern Command
Throughout the U.S. Southern Command’s organization, a network of partnerships with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, Calif. on several high-visibility initiatives continues to have a d... Read More

Southcom Turns to NPS to Evaluate CubeSats for Communications Support
The U.S. Southern Command (Southcom) has embarked on an ambitious international CubeSat program, and turned to the Naval Postgraduate School for help. The NPS Distributed Information Systems and Expe... Read More

NPS Alumnus, Mercury 7 Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter Passes
Mercury 7 astronaut and NPS alumnus retired Navy Cmdr. M. Scott Carpenter passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, from complications related to a recent stroke. A graduate of NPS' General Line School in 1959, ... Read More

NPS, Hartnell College Intern Program Leads to Increased Opportunity for Regional Students
When the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) recently joined regional leaders, educators and students at the Hartnell College Internship Symposium, Aug. 24, the inner workings and broad impact of an ambit... Read More

NPS, SPAWAR Collaboration Explores High-Energy Laser Weapon Defense
From earth’s orbit to the world’s oceans, the U.S. Navy is dedicated to protecting the communications capabilities and manpower necessary for operations worldwide. Defense researchers are consistently... Read More

Former NPS Aeronautics Professor Named AIAA Honorary Fellow
Not many people are presented with the honor of being named an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Honorary Fellow. But for a former NPS distinguished professor who dedicated his... Read More

NPS CubeSat Prepares to See Space By Way of New Payload Platform
In many ways, it will be a monumental launch for the Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) at NPS. After a recent successful test run, two exciting NPS projects are scheduled to head to space in August ... Read More

Students Explore Potential Use of Carbon Nanotubes in Space Propulsion
Like something from a sci-fi movie, researchers at NPS are looking at using carbon nanotubes to propel satellites in space. Recent NPS Space Systems Engineering (SSE) graduate Lt. Paul Camp explored t... Read More

From the Shuttle to the Lab, NPS Alumni Look for Solutions to Today’s Space Challenges
Naval Postgraduate School alumni and former astronauts Kent Rominger and Ken Reightler have seen time change a lot of things. The shuttle program is at its end, their days as astronauts with NASA are ... Read More

University Welcomes Top County Students for Annual Mathletics
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) opened its doors to hundreds of county math whizzes when the university hosted the 43rd Annual Monterey County Mathletics Competition, May 14. Mathletics is an ann... Read More

NPS Crushes CubeSats for DARPA Challenge
The Space Systems Academic Group at NPS is known for being active in developing CubeSats- small, square satellites used for space research. The satellites have become widely popular in academia as the... Read More

NPS Teams Up with NASA, Industry to Test Groundbreaking Maneuvers on Spacecraft in Orbit
Dazzling sun spots and stunning solar flares were just another day in the life of the Transitional Regional and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) spacecraft for the past 12 years. Designed to record solar acti... Read More

PEO Space Rear Admiral Young Joins NPS’ SSAG Students for Midterm Review
Students in the Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) had a unique opportunity during their Spacecraft Systems II Course (AE4831) midterm review when the Navy’s Program Executive Officer for Space Syste... Read More

University Volunteers Participate in Monterey County Fair
Monterey county residents were treated to the customary fair events of midway rides, fried foods, carnival games and informative exhibits at this year’s 74th annual Monterey County Fair, but were also... Read More

PEO Space Systems Chair Supports Navy’s Efforts in the Final Frontier
While the Navy is our nation’s seafaring service, it truly operates through every domain, be it sea or land … or space. In fact, over the past few decades, the Navy has played a major role in the deve... Read More

Professors Honored With AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award
During an August 3 ceremony in Toronto, Canada, NPS Professors Isaac “Mike” Ross and Fariba Fahroo were presented with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Mechanics and Contr... Read More

SpaceShipOne Pilot Brian Binnie Describes Record-Breaking Space Flight
In an exciting follow-up to the visit with Aviator Dick Rutan in April, the Point Lobos Section of the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics presented a lecture with SpaceShipOne pilot Br... Read More

Area Students Get a Call from Orbiting Space Shuttle Discovery
More than 1,000 students, parents and members of the NPS community packed King Auditorium Saturday morning where they received a call from the Space Shuttle Discovery orbiting more than 200 miles into... Read More

NPS New Home for Giant Segmented-Mirror Space Telescope
The Naval Postgraduate School is the proud new home for the Segmented Mirror Space Telescope (SMT), designed and developed for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) as a technical demonstrator and ... Read More

Apollo 11 Hero Regales Space Systems Students, Faculty
Neil Armstrong’s ‘giant leap for mankind’ would have turned into tragedy had it not been for the fast thinking and courageous action of a Naval Postgraduate School distinguished alumnus, retired Navy ... Read More

NPS Astronaut Alumni Star in Centennial Air and Space Week
One-third of U.S. astronauts are graduates of the Naval Postgraduate School, more than any other graduate university in the world, and a large number returned to their alma mater in August for a Cente... Read More

Original Mercury 7 Astronaut, Alumnus Scott Carpenter Shares Insights with Past, Future Space Travelers
Naval Postgraduate School alumnus retired Navy Cmdr. M. Scott Carpenter – the second American to orbit the Earth and the world’s first astronaut/aquanaut – celebrated the 47th anniversary of his ... Read More

NPS Professor Inducted into California Astronaut Hall of Fame
Former NASA astronaut and Naval Postgraduate School Professor of Space Systems James Newman has been inducted into the California Astronaut Hall of Fame. The occasion for the presentation of the awar... Read More

Mini-Satellite Launcher Makes NPS Player in CubeSat Space Race
Like the Sputnik launch that triggered the Cold War space race, Russian miniature spacecraft launches have catalyzed the Naval Postgraduate School to design and build a revolutionary new mini-satellit... Read More

Distinguished Professor Agrawal Elected AIAA Fellow
Sometimes it does take a rocket scientist to be elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Naval Postgraduate School Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and ... Read More