IN THE NEWS Archive

  • Two CSR projects among eleven awarded in $23.6M UT Austin/Portugal R&D Program June 9, 2020 UT Projects Win $23.6M in R&D Funds as Part of Portuguese Government Technology Program The UT Austin Portugal program, a 13-year-old innovation partnership between the university and the Portuguese government, received $23.6 million in funding to pursue 11 R&D projects as part of a major technology initiative from Portugal’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. The projects fall ...
  • McDonald Geodetic Observatory SGSLR dome is installed and passes Site Acceptance Testing February 18, 2020 The MGO SGSLR dome installation occurred January 22nd through the 25th with the Site Acceptance Testing successfully completed on the 25th. Participating in the installation was a four-person team from the manufacturer, Baader Planetarium, as well as Howard Donovan (KBR), Alice Nelson (KBR) and Jan McGarry (NASA/GSFC). Also there for this installation was Ole Klingan ...
  • Former CSR Director Dr. Michael Watkins Elected to AIAA Fellow February 4, 2020 Alumnus Michael Watkins Elected to AIAA Fellow Alumnus Michael Watkins has been elected to the title of Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for notable and valuable contributions to the aerospace engineering community. AIAA is the world’s largest aerospace technical society that brings together industry, academia and government to advance engineering and ...
  • Smithsonian’s Air & Space Magazine features geodesy and UT’s McDonald Geodetic Observatory August 28, 2019 How Satellites and Telescopes are Tracking the Effects of Global Change, Down to the Millimeter By Alexandra Witze Air & Space Magazine September 2019 In the Davis Mountains of far west Texas, at the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, astronomers spend their nights peering at the stars through some of the world’s most powerful telescopes. Soon they’ll be adding ...
  • Celebrating satellites’ contribution to polar science June 7, 2019 Seven areas of fast-flowing ice on the Antarctic Peninsula have been formally named after Earth observation satellites, following a request by a University of Leeds scientist. Dramatic changes in the shape of the Antarctic ice sheet have become emblematic of the climate crisis. Reports of iceberg calving, changes in ice-sheet speed, thickness and mass have informed ...
  • UPDATE – McDonald Geodetic Observatory’s VLBI Antenna Dish Passes NASA’s Site Acceptance Test February 21, 2019 UPDATE: On February 20, 2019, NASA Space Geodesy Project Director Dr. Stephen Merkowitz announced the Agency’s formal “site acceptance” of MGO’s VLBI radio telescope.Extending congratulations to all involved, Dr. Merkowitz stated that, “I really appreciate all of the hard work everyone put in over the past several weeks (particularly during the Government shutdown!) to get ...
  • UPDATE – New Geodetic Observatory Coming to UT Austin’s McDonald Observatory February 11, 2019 UPDATE: On February 7, 2019, the skyline of UT’s McDonald Observatory changed significantly as contractors successfully placed the antenna dish of MGO’s first major instrument — the Very Long Based Interferometer (VLBI) radio telescope — on its pedestal. Installation of additional MGO instruments, such as the Space Geodesy Satellite Laser Ranging (SGSLR) system, will occur ...
  • Moriba Jah First Aerospace Engineer Selected as TED Fellow January 23, 2019 Moriba Jah, an associate professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin, made history this year as the first aerospace engineer ever to be selected a TED Fellow. As a TED Fellow, Jah joins a class of 20 carefully selected visionary speakers from across the globe ...
  • CSR alumni on Mars InSight Navigation Team November 20, 2018 Join Texas Exes Gerhard Kruizinga, Sarah Elizabeth McCandless, Mark Wallace, and Allen Halsell (if we missed someone, let us know!) as the world watches live landing coverage of NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) two-year mission to to study Mars’ deep interior. And, as if that wasn’t impressive enough, meet Mars ...
  • NASA’s GRACE-FO Mission Creates New Possibilities for Climate Change Research October 22, 2018 Nearly everyone knows the story of Tom and Jerry, with Tom the cat’s never-ending quest to catch Jerry the mouse. “Tom” and “Jerry” also exist in space as two satellites that seem to chase after one another as part of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission. The mission will allow scientists to ...