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Satellite Applications Catapult

James Johnson Innovation

There’s a place between a brilliant idea and a finished marketable product called the “valley of death.” It’s a treacherous place where fresh, visionary thoughts confront the harshness of real world implementation. When new ways of thinking confront this infamous valley, they need either the resolve and resources to weather the challenges ahead or to form an alliance with those …

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GISTDA: Visiting Thailand’s Space Agency

James Johnson Innovation

While Thailand draws people from all over the world to experience its intricate temples, dazzling beaches, and mouthwatering food, few may realize that this country also hosts its own space agency. Nearly 75 miles southeast of the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, amid the industrial setting of the Chonburi district, one can find a place of collaborative efforts, inspirational exhibits, and …

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Gilmour Space Technologies: Journey to the Stars

Simple Discoveries Innovation

Australia’s ticket to space may be nestled on the country’s eastern coast between the cities of Brisbane and Gold Coast. In the town of Pimpama, brothers Adam and James Gilmour have turned an unsuspecting strawberry farm into the headquarters for Gilmour Space Technologies – a company dedicated to advancing humankind’s exploration of space. Intermixed with the baying of a few hungry …

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Listening to Spaceships: Canberra and the Deep Space Network

James Johnson Exploration

About 35 kilometers outside of the Australian capital of Canberra a sign reads, “Help us listen to whispers from space.” Just past another sign adorned with the logos of NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the sign encourages entrants to the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (CDSCC), part of NASA’s Deep Space …

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How Travel by Campervan is Like Exploring Space

Simple Discoveries Exploration

Planes, trains, automobiles, and…campervans. In kicking off our around-the-world adventure in New Zealand, we added a new method of transport to our list – the campervan. A simple four-wheeled vehicle retrofitted with a place to cook, eat, and sleep, all the while enabling us to explore on our schedule. No hotel check-ins or crowded tour buses…