John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

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Michael Dodge Interviewed for Georgia Spaceport FAA Approval Article

Categories: Space Studies

Dr. Michael Dodge was recently interviewed for an AP article titled After 9 years and $10M, Georgia spaceport nears FAA approval.  Since 2012, Camden County on the Georgia-Florida line has doggedly pursued plans to build and operate the 13th licensed U.S. commercial rocket launch pad for blasting satellites into orbit.  Read the entire article at  

Welcome Pam!

Categories: Space Studies

Pam Nielsen has joined the staff at the Department of Space Studies to replace Bev Fetter who is retiring on June 30th.  Pam worked in the Space Studies office several years ago as a part-time assistant and is currently training to fill the full-time administrative secretary position created by Bev’s departure.  She has most recently […]

Pablo de León Quoted in New Article

Categories: Space Studies

Dr. Pablo de León was recently interviewed for a article titled NASA’s new $23 million space commode system is more than just a toilet. Read the entire article at

Michael Dodge Published in North Dakota Law Review

Categories: Space Studies

Dr. Michael Dodge has had published a Law Review article with the North Dakota Law Review, entitled “Regulating Orbital Debris: the Federal Communications Commission Tackles Space Junk”, found at

Curt Holmer to Present Research at 72nd IAC in Dubai

Categories: Space Studies

Space Studies M.S. student Curt Holmer has been notified that his thesis research has been accepted for an oral presentation at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 25-29, 2021.  His research, “Bio-Regenerative Life Support Systems Functional Stability and Limitations, a Theoretical Approach” will be included in the Advanced Systems, Technologies, […]

Mission IX of the ILMAH Begins May 4th

Categories: Space Studies

Mission IX of the Inflatable Lunar/Mars Analog Habitat (ILMAH) will begin on Tuesday, May 4th with a four person crew. They will be completing a 2-week mission focusing on EEG based cognition performance and other neuroscience studies. They will also be spending a fair amount time in the space suits, caring for plants and operating drone […]

Thesis Defense by Brittany Zimmerman on April 30th

Categories: Space Studies

You are invited to attend the thesis defense for Space Studies M.S. candidate Brittany Zimmerman scheduled for Friday, April 30th at noon Central DST.  See Zoom details below.   Research Title: “Closing the Loop in Life Support Systems for Spaceflight and Habitation: Reutilization of Human Excrement through Recovery of Potable Water and Reclamation of Waste […]