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Glowbug: A Technology Demonstration for Multi-messenger Astrophysics
August 5, 2022
Glowbug: A Technology Demonstration for Multi-messenger Astrophysics

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) scientists at the Science and Technology Institute (STI) in Huntsville, Alabama, are developing, testing, and running the science operations center for Glowbug, a gamma-ray burst (GRB) detector slated for delivery to the International Space Station in 2023.

3D Study of "Gigantic Jet" Provides New Insights into Upward Lightning Bursts
August 3, 2022
3D Study of "Gigantic Jet" Provides New Insights into Upward Lightning Bursts

A detailed 3D study of a massive electrical discharge that rose 50 miles into space above an Oklahoma thunderstorm has provided new information about an elusive atmospheric phenomenon known as gigantic jets.

USRA Scientists Support NASA's SERVIR Program
July 12, 2022
USRA Scientists Support NASA's SERVIR Program

USRA Software engineers are supporting NASA's SERVIR Program mission by helping developing countries use information provided by Earth observing satellites and geospatial technologies to address challenges in critical issues like food security, water resources, weather, climate, land use, and disasters.

STI Welcomes New Hires
June 16, 2022
STI Welcomes New Hires

STI welcomes new hires Alqamah Sayeed, Christopher Light, Maheshwari Neelam, and Alex Goberna.

USRA's Douglas Swartz receives Exceptional Public Service Medal from NASA
March 1, 2022
USRA's Douglas Swartz receives Exceptional Public Service Medal from NASA

Douglas Swartz from USRA’s Science and Technology Institute was awarded the Exceptional Public Service Medal from NASA for “Unceasing support of critical NASA X-ray missions including the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Lynx X-ray Observatory concept and the mentoring of future scientists.”

USRA's William Cleveland Awarded the Silver Achievement Medal from NASA
February 15, 2022
USRA's William Cleveland Awarded the Silver Achievement Medal from NASA

William (Bill) Cleveland from USRA's Science and Technology Institute, was awarded the Silver Achievement Medal "For exemplary support of and commitment to NASA and the Gamma Ray Burst Monitor."

USRA Scientist Leads Integration of Satellite Air Quality Data into USEPA's "AirNow" System
February 10, 2022
USRA Scientist Leads Integration of Satellite Air Quality Data into USEPA's "AirNow" System

Dr. Pawan Gupta, senior scientist of Universities Space Research Association (USRA), is leading a group of scientists from NASA’s Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST) to coordinate with the USEPA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). Under this HAQAST tiger team project, scientists will facilitate access to new particulate matter data being collected by NOAA-NASA’s most advanced geostationary weather satellites.

USRA Scientists and Engineers Contribute to NASA's Xray Polarimetry Explorer
December 22, 2021
USRA Scientists and Engineers Contribute to NASA's Xray Polarimetry Explorer

NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) launched successfully on December 9, 2021 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was a “picture perfect” launch, according to Principal Investigator Dr. Martin Weisskopf of the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket performing nominally and nature providing ideal weather conditions.

Bringing Earth Data to Life
August 17, 2021
Bringing Earth Data to Life

Ms. Tondapu's work featured in an article on the NASA Applied Sciences website.

Pollution Studies during COVID-19 Lockdown
April 13, 2021
Pollution Studies during COVID-19 Lockdown

View the WIRED article discussing Dr. Gupta's year-long study for pollution in India during the COVID-19 lock down.