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U.S. Space Development Agency’s new satellite initiative is latest sign of growth in UND’s space ecosystem

Director of the U.S. Space Development Agency Derek Tournear, top left, stands with Sen. John Hoeven, Sen. Kevin Cramer and UND President Andrew Armacost, at an event announcing the designation of Grand Forks Air Force Base as the SDA’s first satellite networking center. (Image Credit: Adam Kurtz/UND Today)

GRAND FORKS, ND (University of North Dakota Media Relations) — Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation visited Grand Forks Air Force Base on Tuesday, June 28, along with national space experts and UND President Andrew Armacost, for a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the U.S. Space Development Agency’s latest initiative in the state.

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  • July 16, 2022
NASA’s EPSCoR Funds Model Spacesuits for the Future
Pablo de León and Erica Dolinar (suited) are shown testing the NDX-2 analog suit. De Leon is designing and developing 3D-printed spacesuit models that may support future exploration of Mars. (Credits: University of North Dakota)

By Danielle Sempsrott
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Ever since he was a young boy, watching the televised lunar landings from his hometown of Cañuelas, Argentina, Pablo de León knew he wanted to contribute to human space exploration. Now, as chair of the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota (UND), he’s doing just that, designing and developing 3D-printed spacesuit models that may support future exploration of Mars. The research is made possible through the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a part of NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement and based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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  • December 8, 2021