USC Viterbi News: First Man

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong’s Groundbreaking Impact on our Journey to Space

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USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory Shatters Student Altitude Record

Traveler IV is reportedly the first entirely student-designed and built rocket to pass the Kármán line into outer space

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Dan Erwin Appointed New Chair for USC Viterbi Department of Astronautical Engineering

Professor Dan Erwin to assume the leadership role of the Department of Astronautical Engineering beginning in July.

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Ready for Launch: Students Deliver USC’s Third CubeSat Satellite

USC Viterbi students get hands-on with spacecraft hardware, successfully delivering a CubeSat mini-satellite for launch into Earth’s low orbit.

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Astronautical Engineering

Astronautical Engineering encompasses the dynamic and cutting-edge fields of advanced science and space technology. Space engineers design, build and operate rockets and missiles, space launchers, communications and direct broadcasting satellites, space navigational systems, remote sensing and reconnaissance satellites, space vehicles for human spaceflight, and planetary probes.

There is no better academic major than Astronautical Engineering in which to obtain the education and to acquire the skills needed for space engineers.

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Trojans in Space

Do you know how many Trojan astronauts were in space?

Tenth Anniversary

The ASTE Department celebrates their 10th anniversary.

Buzz Aldrin’s Visit

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin’s visit to the ASTE Department in 2006.

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Houston Chronicle: Astronauts explain why nobody has visited the moon in more than 45 years

Madhu Thangavelu was quoted on the effect of the moon’s environment on equipment.

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CNN: Will Americans return to the moon?

Anita Sengupta was interviewed about the future of space exploration

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