Students to create science projects that soar to stratospheric altitudes in aerial simulations

Aerospace STE[A]M Fair to draw high school, college students interested in science, technology and arts

Note to editors and news directors: On Wednesday, Oct. 15, more than 100 science-enthused high school and college students will descend on California State University, Los Angeles to create science experiments that can be simulated to fly to stratospheric altitudes using a high altitude scientific payload capsule and recorded by FlightLine cameras. Students will also be able to check out a spacesuit worn on one of the International Space Station (ISS) missions, and to experience hands-on operation of the JLAIR (Joint Launch Vehicle and Aircraft Imaging in Real-Time) Optical Tracking Systems.

These activities are part of the Aerospace STE[A]M (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Fair at Cal State L.A., a collaboration with FlightLine Films to cultivate and educate a new and diverse workforce and leaders in the STE[A]M-related fields. The students will see applications of skills that are not only used in the space industry, but have created off-shoot industries by pioneers with a vision. The fair will also be free for the public on Oct. 14 and 16. (Click here for complete schedule.)

See below for Oct. 15 activities and speakers.

WHAT:           Aerospace STE[A]M Fair, with aerospace payload capsule, spacesuit, optical tracking systems, talented engineers and more.

WHEN:            11 a.m. – Introduction and 2nd Stratos Mission video (7 min.)

                       11:20 a.m. – Panel Discussion: “The Future of Space Flight Safety for Astronauts.” Q&A to follow.

                       12:30 p.m. – Presentation on astronaut requirements and space station training

                       1:30 p.m. – Lunch break to check out exhibit on the Main Walkway

                        2:30 p.m. – Overview of Engineering RB Stratos Mission

                        3:40 p.m. – Session 1: “Planning for a Mission”

                        4:50 p.m. – Session 2: “Life Support / Parachute Systems”

WHERE:         California State University, Los Angeles. Public permit parking is available at Lot 5 and upper level of Structure C. For a campus map or directions:

WHO:              There will also be presentations by speakers in different areas of physics, biology, engineering, math and arts. The speakers include:

  •          Jay Nemeth, president, FlightLine Films and Aerospace Imaging-RB Stratos, Private Space Sector Missions, Cinematic Images from Space
  •          Art Thompson, president, Sage Cheshire Aerospace–RB Stratos and Student Experiments to be flown on Science Capsule
  •          Jonathan Clark, M.D., associate professor, Neurology & Space Medicine Department of Neurology/ Center for Space  Medicine,  Baylor College of Medicine–RB Stratos and Medical Aspects of Space Flight
  •          Dennis Fisher, president, Genesis Applied Imaging–Long Range Optical Tracking of Launch Vehicles and Spacecraft
  •          Scott Gillies, producer, Red Bull Media House–RB Stratos and Live Broadcasts of “Off Planet” Events

INFO:              For more information on the STE[A]M Fair, visit or call the Charter College of Education at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-4300.


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