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  • Moriba Jah Briefs Architect of New Space Bill

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016
    Space Object Behavioral Sciences initiative director Moriba Jah and other UA officials met with Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., in his office on June 10 in Washington, D.C., to discuss the UA’s role in space protection, traffic management, and situational awareness. Bridenstine, a former military pilot, released the American Space Renaissance Act in April at the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, where Jah was a panelist. “Friends, this is our Sputnik moment,” Bridenstine said in a speech at the symposium. “America must forever be the preeminent spacefaring nation. That’s why I believe i... Read More
  • Mock Meteors of Dubious Scientific Value?

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    Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    Japanese startup ALE aims to launch a satellite capable of generating artificial meteor showers in an attempt to learn more about how space junk burns up when it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere. But Moriba Jah, director of the University of Arizona’s Space Object Behavioral Sciences initiative, is skeptical that the satellite will substantially improve the science and is concerned that the project may create debris of its own by inadvertently hitting other satellites. Jah commented on the man-made shooting stars in a June 14, 2016, National Geographic story, Get Ready for Artificial Meteor Shower... Read More
  • Space Environment Researchers Meet to Clean Up Space Junk

    Monday, June 6, 2016
    Moriba Jah met other researchers from around the globe on May 31 and June 1 in Canberra, Australia, to discuss ways to solve problems associated with space debris. Jah focused on the implications of and dangers associated with growing levels of space debris. While in Canberra, attending the Space Environment Research Centre’s (SERC) International Research Colloquium, Jah was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. SERC Press Release [pdf]: Space Environment Researchers Meet to Clean Up Space Junk Read More
  • Meet Outer Space's First Traffic Controller, in Residence at UA

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    Wednesday, May 25, 2016
    Glancing skyward can give the illusion of a vast, empty space. The reality is outer space is congested, contested and competitive. That’s how one University of Arizona scientist describes it, and he’s leading research to keep human-made objects in space moving in an orderly fashion. Maneuvering safely in traffic is all about situational awareness. On the ground, there are rules of the road, with travel lanes, traffic lights and speed limits. Ships follow sea lanes to traverse the world’s expansive oceans. In the air, pilots file flight plans, showing their altitude and how they will get from o... Read More
  • Moriba Jah Receives University of Colorado Distinguished Alumni Award

    Friday, April 22, 2016
    The University of Colorado Boulder recognized six outstanding engineering alumni for contributions to their fields and to the university at a banquet April 22. The recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards are: • Frank T. Buzzard of Bryan, Texas; • Paul T. Hamilton of Boulder; • Moriba K. Jah of Tucson, Ariz.; • Michael R. McAtee of Missouri City, Texas; and • Douglas G. Smith of Boulder. The winners, who distinguished themselves through outstanding personal qualities, knowledge and contributions to their fields, join a prestigious group of alumni award recipients dating b... Read More

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