Council By Alan Hartnett – 28th February 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A woman has been arrested following an overnight stabbing.LaoisToday understands that a man was stabbed in the back by a female.Gardai say that there was an assault incident in a premises in Ballacolla village last night. It was initially reported that the incident occurred in Hayes Pub – but that wasn’t the case, instead it was in a nearby building.They say this resulted in a stab wound in the back and the attack was carried out by a woman.LaoisToday understands that the man in question is in his early 40s and the incident happened around 10.30pm.The man stumbled out of the premises after the attack and we understand he was spotted by three passers by who alerted Gardai.The injured party was taken to Tullamore Hospital.However, his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.A female was arrested on foot of same and is currently in custody in Portlaoise Garda Station.SEE ALSO – LIVE BLOG: Follow all the updates as snow wreaks havoc in Laois Facebook Previous articleLaois GAA announce fixtures, draws and meetings CANCELLEDNext articleClosed Laois schools may have to ‘open over Easter’ Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Community Community Woman arrested following overnight stabbing WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Home News Crime Woman arrested following overnight stabbing NewsCrime WhatsApp TAGSBallacollastabbing Pinterest New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening
Home Sport Other Sport In Pictures: Glory for Laois kickboxers at Dutch Open SportOther Sport Rugby Facebook Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Council By Alan Hartnett – 12th April 2018 Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining 1 of 5 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad For details on Point/ Light and Full Contact Kickboxing in Co. Laois contact 0863399287.SEE ALSO – Horse with Laois connections favourite for Aintree Grand National Pinterest Twitter In Pictures: Glory for Laois kickboxers at Dutch Open Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleMeet prospective employers at Building your Career event in Mount LucasNext articleLeinster League glory for former Portlaoise Ladies rugby player Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Chloe Shortall (15 yrs old) Silver and Bronze Medal in Pointfighting.Dutch Open Light Contact Champion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Caitlin Knight (9 years old) Silver Medal in Light Conact. Dutch Open Pointfighting Champion Facebook Community TAGSLaois Martial Arts WhatsApp Laois Kickboxers, Chloe Shortall and Caitlin Knight, returned to Ireland victorious after success at a tournament in The Netherlands recently.The pair represented Mountmellick based club Laois Martial Arts at the YOKOSO Dutch Open on Saturday March 24.Caitlin Knight, who is just 9-years-old, represented the club first in the -28kg Light Contact Section.It was Caitlin’s first time to compete at international level and she was up against an opponent from England first.She made her way through that round to meet a great German opponent in the final. Caitlin came away with a silver medal.Coach Shane Culleton said: “Caitlin showed great resilience and focus considering it was her first time competing on the international circuit.”Cailtin then moved on to compete in the -23kg Pointfighting section and fought really well on the day and won 1st place in the event becoming Dutch Open Champion 2018.Next up was Chloe Shortall, 15, who competed in four separate sections in the event consisting of three different categories in Pointfighting and one section in lightcontact fighting.Chloe had 10 fights in total on the day, three in light contact fighting and seven in Pointfighting.Coach Shane Culleton said: “Chloe was fighting super well on the day and her fitness was very strong.“She competed against many different competitors from different countries. The event was second to none in organisation and the level of the competitors was exceptional.”Chloe secure a silver and bronze in two separate sections in Pointfighting and Gold in Lightcontact.
Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Deaths Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter Rugby Facebook Twitter Previous articleIn Pictures: All the style at the Mini Farmer Tractor run in Killeen and BarrowhouseNext articleIn Pictures: Ever-popular Gordon Bennett Rally a huge success again Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. TAGSDeaths in Laois Facebook Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Community Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Jimmy TobinChurch Rd., The Glebe, Stradbally, LaoisJimmy Tobin, Church Road, 4 The Glebe, Stradbally, Co Laois, and formerly 1 Shannon Tce, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. Suddenly at his home. Predeceased by his dear mother Lily. Lovingly remembered by his heartbroken wife Maura, dad Bill, brothers Liam and Noel, sisters Mary and Sharon, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing at his home this Saturday from 3pm with recital of the Rosary on Tuesday evening at 8pm. Removal on Wednesday, 6th June, to The Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally for 12 noon Funeral Mass. Cremation afterwards in Glasnevin Crematorium.Katherine Fennelly (neé Purcell)Derrynaserra, Coolrain, Co.LaoisDied 1st June 2018 at St. Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick, surrounded by her loving family, predeceased by her husband Canice, sadly missed by her daughters Josephine, Mary, Veronica and Bernadette, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, sons-in-law, extended family, neighbours and friends.Reposing at the residence of Josephine and Kieran (Derrynaserra) from 5 o’clock on Saturday evening, with Rosary at 9 o’clock. Removal on Sunday morning to St. Fergal’s Church Camross, for Funeral Mass at 11 o’clock, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.No flowers please, donations if desired to St. Mary’s Unit, St. Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick.Molly McEvoy (née Delaney)Coolaghy, Portarlington, LaoisPeacefully surrounded by her loving family at the Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Loving wife of the late Jim and dear sister of the late Ned. Deeply regretted by her loving sons John, Jimmy, Kieran and Michael, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sisters in-laws brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Rest In Peace. Reposing at her residence on Wednesday from 6pm with Rosary at 9pm. Reposing at her residence on Thursday with Removal at 6:50pm arriving St Paul’s Church, Emo at 7:30pm. Requiem Mass on Friday at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.Anne Austin (née Corcoran)Hillview Drive, Portlaoise, LaoisAustin (nee Corcoran) Hillview Drive, Portlaoise and late of Ballyroan. Anne, predeceased by her husband Tom and son Stuart. Deeply regretted by her loving son Stephen, daughter Niamh, brother Jim, sister Patricia, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace.Reposing at Keegans Funeral Home. Removal on Wednesday to arrive at SS Peter and Paul’s church for 12 noon requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.Kathleen Bergin (née Kavanagh)Boley, Abbeyleix, LaoisPeacefully in the care of the staff of Portlaoise Hospital. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Liam, sons Seamus, Joseph and Liam, daughters Martina, Laura and Edel, brothers Pad-Joe and Michael, sisters Marie and Noreen, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at her residence from 4pm. on Tuesday with Rosary at 9 pm. Removal on Wednesday to St. Brigid’s Church, Shanahoe for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Shanahoe Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to MS Society.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Monday, June 4, 2018 Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 5th June 2018 WhatsApp WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad
Claire Melia for Portlaoise Panthers Portlaoise Panthers 73 UL Huskies 64 Women’s Division 1 National League Basketball Portlaoise Panthers welcomed the UL Huskies to St Mary’s Hall this evening in what was a very entertaining game ending with Panthers taking the win.The win was Panthers’ third win in a row and added to their winning streak, making it three from three wins of their season so far.Maeve Cahillane and Claire Melia showed brilliant leadership for the home side throughout the game which was followed up by a well gelled Panthers’ side.Portlaoise Captain, Catherine Ashe, was first on the scoreboard followed by teammate Sinead Melia. UL looked threatening from start to finish and always had the right response as shown following a Cahillane basket, UL didn’t shy away and levelled the game after 5 minutes.Cahillane, Claire Melia and Ciara Byrne all scored for Panthers but UL stole the first quarter as they proved to be a big challenge, leading 22-15 at the end of the 1st.Panthers had their work cut out for them in the second quarter but Ciara Byrne and Claire Melia took on the challenge by opening the quarter with two 3’s in the opening two minutes.The USA’s Jamie Sherburne was next to the basket and Panthers were back in the game with strong defence from sister Sinead and Claire Melia.Another two 3-pointers came from Claire Melia and Sherburne to see Panthers take the lead after five minutes of the second quarter despite the game being basket for basket up to half time. By Aedín Dunne – 20th October 2018 Pinterest Another win for Portlaoise Panthers as ladies continue unbeaten start Facebook WhatsApp It was all to play for heading into the second half and it was clear it wasn’t going to be an easy task for Portlaoise.Maeve Cahillane stormed into the third quarter with an impressive layup followed up with a 3 point shot in the first two minutes.Sherburne, Sinead Melia and Ashe all added to the home sides scoreline but it was Cahillane who was top scorer of the quarter with 9 points, followed closely by three scores from Claire Melia to finish the quarter six points ahead.A hungry Portlaoise side didn’t looked at all phased by the visitors heading into the final 10 minutes of the game.Within five minutes, they saw themselves up by 10 points thanks to great play from Sinead Melia and Sherburne. A brilliant assist from Cahillane went inside to Ciara Byrne who was waiting under the basket for the pass, and finished the score brilliantly.Portlaoise finsihed strong with scores from Sharon Melia and Byrne securing the win as the game finished 73-64 to Panthers.SCORERS – Claire Melia 18, Maeve Cahillane 17, Ciara Byrne 11, Sinead Melia 10, Jamie Sherburne 10, Catherine Ashe 4, Sharon Melia 3PORTLAOISE PANTHERS: Maeve Cahillane, Ciara Byrne, Deirdre Tomlinson, Gillian Wheeler, Sinéad Melia, Catherine Ashe (c), Claire Melia, Sharon Melia, Jamie Sherburne, Shauna Dooley, Ciara Wheeler, Ann Marie TroySEE ALSO – Kingston leads South East to second divisional win while Murphy inspires North East to first Community Council WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook Twitter Home Sport Basketball Another win for Portlaoise Panthers as ladies continue unbeaten start SportBasketball Twitter TAGSBasketballNational LeaguePortlaoise Panthers Women Previous articlePopular Portlaoise woman wins big on Winning StreakNext articleDeaths in Laois – Sunday, October 21, 2018 Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row.
Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, has announced that there will be an increase in vaccinations this month.The original plan had been to vaccinate all 75,000 residents and staff in nursing homes, mental health and disability residential centres by the end of January.However, the Fianna Fail TD now says all of these people will receive their first dose in the next two weeks. Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival “Speed is of the essence and this is especially true for the most vulnerable people in our society.”Minister Donnelly also reacted to the announcement of the purchase of additional doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine under the Advance Purchase Agreement negotiated on behalf of Member States.The Health Minister commented: “This news is good for Europe and I look forward to reviewing the options which will be made available to Ireland. No decisions have been taken as to the allocation of additional dosages to Member States at this stage.” TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19Pfizer-BioNTech vaccineStephen Donnelly Facebook Health Minister commits to accelerated vaccination programme WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleLaois Gardai plead with people to stay off frozen lakes following incident involving a familyNext articleCoronavirus: Nine additional deaths and 4,842 new cases – 6 in Laois – as GP calls for curfews to be introduced Simon Hartnett Electric Picnic Home News Health Minister commits to accelerated vaccination programme News Minister Donnelly said: “By the end of this week, our plan is to have given over 40,000 vaccines to frontline healthcare workers and nursing home staff and residents, the plan is on target.”“We’re now going to accelerate our plan for residents and staff in long term residential care facilities – this means nursing homes as well as mental health and disability residential centres.”“We had planned to vaccinate all 75,000 residents and staff with the first dose of the vaccine by the end of January. We’re now accelerating this plan to finish earlier, meaning that the first dose will be given to all residents and staff in the next two weeks.”“We’re mobilising 65 vaccination teams including hospital vaccinators, community vaccinators, school vaccinators and the National Ambulance Service. Vaccinations will take place seven days a week.”“We’ve decided to use some of our one week buffer as our supply of vaccines has been constant and we’ve received solid reassurance from Pfizer that this will continue to be the case.” Electric Picnic By Simon Hartnett – 9th January 2021
Share this article and your comments with peers on social media S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Alexandra Posadzki North American markets closed solidly in the red amid weak earnings reports on both sides of the border. The S&P/TSX composite was down 122.82 points at 15,224.52, while the loonie was down 0.28 of a U.S. cent at 82.89 cents. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March The gold sector was the leading decliner on the TSX, down 2.19% as the price of bullion fell sharply in the face of a stronger U.S. dollar and Goldcorp (TSX:G) reported lower earnings. The world’s largest gold miner by market capitalization saw its shares decline more than six per cent to $22.71 on the TSX after posting a US$87-million loss in its latest quarter. That’s down sharply from a year ago, when Goldcorp reported a profit of $98 million. South of the border, a slew of economic releases and weak earnings reports pushed markets lower. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 195.01 points to 17,840.52, the Nasdaq plunged 82.22 points to 4,941.42 and the S&P 500 declined 21.34 points to 2,085.51. “In April U.S. markets hit all-time record highs,” said Colum McKinley, vice-president of Canadian Equities at CIBC Asset Management. “The Nasdaq passed highs they haven’t seen since 15 years ago, during the tech bubble, so I think some of the volatility we’re seeing today is just a pause in that story.” McKinley said a number of companies reporting their earnings over the past few weeks have faced currency-related challenges. “The big swings we’ve seen in the U.S. dollar and the Canadian dollar have been affecting the operating results of businesses, and so we continue to monitor that on an ongoing basis,” McKinley said. For some companies, the effects have been positive. For example, Canadian companies that sell their products in U.S. dollars but pay their costs in Canadian dollars have benefited from the weaker Canadian currency, McKinley said. “It is one of the things that has been a slight positive offset for Canadian energy companies, as an example,” McKinley said. “If they sell oil in U.S. dollars but their costs are in Canadian dollars, the weakness in the Canadian dollar has actually been a positive.” In commodities, the June gold bullion contract dropped $27.60 to US$1,182.40 an ounce, while the June crude oil contract was up $1.05 at US$59.63 a barrel. Oil prices have rallied recently as the number of U.S. rigs actively drilling for oil has fallen and tensions in the Middle East have raised concerns about supply. “We have seen oil move higher in the near term because we have all of the ingredients that will help over the longer term resolve the supply and demand imbalance that exists in oil today,” McKinley said. Imperial Oil saw its first-quarter income shrink by 55% from a year ago to $421 million, while Suncor reported on Wednesday night a first-quarter net loss of $341 million, down sharply from a year ago where it turned a net profit of about $1.49 billion. Shares of BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) were down 98 cents to $53.19 as the company’s first-quarter profit suffered from a $137-million legal expense. Keywords Marketwatch Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors
A Christmas stocking gives North East fish numbers a boost The Environment Agency’s festive fish release has seen more than 26,000 fish released into rivers and stillwaters in Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside.All the fish were reared at the Environment Agency’s national fish farm near Calverton, Nottinghamshire, using funding from rod licence sales.The work is part of the Environment Agency’s ongoing plan to develop, restore and create fisheries in the region to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy angling safely.Some of the fish released into Dissington Pond.‘Very important aspect of our work’Paul Frear, Fisheries Officer for the Environment Agency in the North East, said: “Restoration and the creation of new fisheries is a very important aspect of our work. This past week has seen more than 26,000 fish released. We hope it encourages more people to get out and enjoy fishing on the North East’s beautiful waters!We work closely with our partners to protect and enhance our fisheries. Our teams are on the ground responding to pollution incidents, working to improve habitats and water quality, and removing barriers to fish migration.The Environment Agency’s Paul Frear releases fish into Willowgarth Pond.The Environment Agency released:1,500 chub and 2,000 barbel into the River Tees at Low Coniscliffe near Darlington.1,500 chub, 2,000 barbel and 2,000 dace into the River Wear at The Sands, near Durham city centre.2,000 chub, 1,000 barbel and 2,000 dace into the River Skerne split between Newton Aycliffe and Beaumont Hill, near Darlington.2,000 dace into Clow Beck, south of Darlington.1,000 bream and 500 rudd at Lockwood Beck, which is just south of Guisborough9,000 fish – roach, bream, tench, rudd and crucian carp – released into stillwaters at Dissington Pond near Ponteland, Northumberland, Westgate Pond near Yarm, and Willowgarth pond near Croft-on-Tees.The Environment Agency releases fish into waterways annually. Fisheries officers carry out fish stocking using data from national fish surveys to identify where there are problems with poor breeding and survival, as well as supporting angling clubs to boost local fishing spots.The Environment Agency has set a target to get 1 million people fishing by 2025.Anyone fishing must abide by current government coronavirus restrictions in their local area to keep themselves and those around them safe.All rod licence income is used to fund work to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries. You can buy your fishing licence online /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Beaumont, coronavirus, Darlington, environment, fish:, Fisheries, fishing, Government, Internet, licence, migration, pollution, quality, sales, UK, UK Government, Water, water quality
Trending in Canada While everybody was freaking out about the new Supra, Toyota was already busy at work building its next sports car—or rather, re-building one from 1960s racing history.The car is a Toyota Sports 800 “Yotahachi” from 1966. It spent its life as a race car challenging mighty opponents like Datsun 1600 Roadsters, Honda S800s and Lotus Elans before it fell into complete disrepair.Now, a new video from Toyota shows the poor rusty 800 before and after its restoration by its Gazoo Racing arm. The car was finished in a modern Gazoo Racing livery, which actually works pretty good with the smooth lines of the Sports 800. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever The car was complete junk, and because of its rarity, many of the ruined body panels had to be recreated by hand from raw sheet metal.From what we can gather from the translated video, the Toyota engine and transmission engineer relates there wasn’t any information in Toyota’s archives about this car, so restoring one meant they had to rely on old passed-down stories, and old-school techniques.The car was so bad to begin with, Toyota didn’t feel any remorse about upgrading some of the original parts on the car. The engine was rebuilt with higher compression to bump the power up to 70 horses; that doesn’t sound like much, but the car only weighs 580 kg. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Handout, Toyota Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Handout, Toyota Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Handout, Toyota Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Handout, Toyota Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Handout, Toyota Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Handout, Toyota Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Handout, Toyota Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Handout, Toyota Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Handout, Toyota advertisement ‹ Previous Next › Trending Videos See More Videos RELATED TAGSNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” While it probably won’t be pressed into service for a 500-km endurance race around Suzuka (a track it won on in the past), it serves as an amazing tribute to Toyota’s history.
Published: April 5, 2012 “We are very excited to have the Kepler mission extended,” said LASP Mission Operations and Data Systems Director Bill Possel. “Kepler is one of the most exciting missions ever operated by LASP, and the scientific findings are truly remarkable.” Bill Possel, director of Mission Operations and Data Systems for the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder, second from right, works with Matt Lenda, a former aerospace engineering undergraduate student, as he goes through a mock flight test in the command center for the NASA planet-finding mission called Kepler in 2010. (Photo by Glenn J. Asakawa/University of Colorado) Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail University of Colorado Boulder students will have another four years at the controls of NASA’s Kepler mission, launched in 2009 to hunt down Earth-like rocky planets in other solar systems and which has succeeded in spectacular fashion.NASA announced today the Kepler mission has been approved for extension through fiscal year 2016 based on a recommendation from NASA’s Senior Review panel. Since 2009, the Kepler spacecraft has been used to identify more than 2,300 planet candidates by pointing at Milky Way stars and looking for faint, periodic dips in starlight signaling the transits of orbiting planets passing across the faces of star surfaces.The mission extension will allow planetary scientists to continue to look for Earth-size planets in the habitable zone - the region in a planetary system where liquid water could exist on the surface of an orbiting planet - around sun-like stars in our galaxy.A team of 20 students and 16 professionals from CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics has been operating the spacecraft from the LASP Space Technology Building in the CU Research Park following Kepler’s launch in March 2009. The spacecraft was built by Ball Aerospace Technologies Corp. of Boulder.“We are very excited to have the Kepler mission extended,” said LASP Mission Operations and Data Systems Director Bill Possel. “Kepler is one of the most exciting missions ever operated by LASP, and the scientific findings are truly remarkable.”Possel said LASP hires students to support spacecraft operations each year, including a new group of students that will begin training at the end of May. “When our students graduate from CU-Boulder with their LASP experience, they have extensive knowledge of spacecraft systems and operations. This makes them highly sought after by NASA centers and aerospace companies.”Tyler Fox, a junior majoring in computer science from Eads, Colo., said the experience is invaluable. “When I came to CU, I had no idea there were opportunities like this for undergraduates, and I didn’t know the university had such a great space program,” he said. “It has been an awesome experience to be involved in a mission like Kepler, and having two or three years of experience controlling satellites as undergraduates definitely gives students here a head start in the job market.”Kepler mission discoveries beyond our solar system include the first rocky planet; the first multiple-transiting planet system; the first small planet in the habitable zone; the first Earth-size planets; the smallest Mars-size planets; and the confirmation of a new class of double-star planetary systems.“Kepler has revolutionized our understanding of exo-planets and the study of stellar seismology and variability,” said Roger Hunter, Kepler project manager at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. “There is currently no other mission in development that can replace or surpass the precision of Kepler. This extended mission will afford Kepler a unique opportunity to rewrite our understanding of the galaxy and our place in it.”The CU-Boulder mission operations team works closely with Ball, which built the primary instrument for Kepler — a one-meter telescope with a host of light-sensitive microchips — and is the main mission contractor for the spacecraft. Ball also developed the Kepler spacecraft flight system and is supporting mission operations.Since Kepler moved into its planet-hunting phase in June 2009, the LASP control team has been contacting the spacecraft twice a week to monitor onboard systems, including sensors, batteries, positioning control, voltages and temperatures, and to upload commands. The spacecraft is directed to point toward Earth once a month and to “dump” its science data to NASA’s Deep Space Network, a collection of antennas around the globe that support planetary and astronomical missions. The data is then transmitted to LASP during individual sessions lasting from 24 to 36 hours, Possel said.LASP sends the data on to the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, said Possel. Science data analysis will be carried out by NASA’s Ames Research Center. “It’s exciting to know our controllers are the first people to see the data from Kepler, even if we are not involved in the analysis,” said Possel.LASP currently controls three other NASA spacecraft, including the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, or AIM, the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment, or SORCE, and the Quick Scatterometer, or QuikSCAT.LASP hires 10 to 15 undergraduates annually for training as satellite operators at the conclusion of their sophomore years, said Possel. The students go through an intensive 10-week summer training program followed by practical and written tests leading to certification as satellite controllers by LASP. Starting in the fall, the students work 20 hours per week, including nights, holidays and CU-Boulder’s winter and spring breaks.“It is demanding on these students to juggle their missions operations work with their daily classes,” said Possel. Most LASP student controllers are majoring in space science, engineering or computer science, although nothing precludes participation by nonscience majors, he said.NASA’s Ames Research Center manages the Kepler mission. The principal investigator of the mission is William Borucki of NASA Ames.Contact: Bill Possel, [email protected] Stephanie Renfrow, [email protected] Jim Scott, CU media relations, [email protected] Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologySpaceCampus CommunityNews Headlines
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