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NASA Olympionics

NASA Olympionics

The NASA Olympionics program will recruit students from Florida Community Colleges and engage them in a STEM Education program focused on simplified versions of NASA’s traditional challenges/projects targeted at four year universities.  The program will culminate in students traveling to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to participate in an “Olympic” style event, in which they will compete on teams in three different technical challenges.  Students who are accepted and who complete the program will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship.  They, along with other community college students, will also be invited to participate in a NASA Virtual Opportunity Fair.  The fair shall be held online and provide students with the ability to meet one-on-one via webcam with representatives from universities and colleges, as well as NASA Centers and STEM industry employers regarding internships.

The selected shools are:

1. Florida Keys Community College

2. Hillsborough Community College

3. North Florida Community College

Ten students will be selected from each of the three schools, each year, through a competitive application process .  The ten students will be divided into two different teams at the school. This will result in six teams traveling to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to compete in the Olympionics.  A total of 60 students will be served over the two year period of this program.

The overarching concept of Olympionics is to create a pipeline to matriculate students from two-year community colleges into STEM majors at four year universities.  This will be accomplished by (a) involving these students in simplified versions of NASA challenges/projects so that they are aware, inspired by, and are better prepared to compete in the full versions at four year universities, (b) using virtual technology to connect students with STEM programs at universities and four-year colleges who participate in these challenges, and (c) using virtual technology to connect students to internship opportunities at NASA and space industry contractors that are involved in the research and development of the technologies associated with these challenges.

For more information on the program, please go to

Internships at NASA centers – Summer 2015


All Florida students interested in internships at NASA centers for the summer of 2015 have to apply through NASA OSSI: SOLAR website. The website is

The NASA centers will make the selection of students and will request FSGC to pay the stipends for some of the Florida students that are selected for the internship. FSGC will support up to 6 from Florida students as interns at NASA centers during summer of 2015. All students have to be US citizens and enrolled in a Florida university or College.

Please note that FSGC will not support interns during the Fall and Spring semesters

The Summer 2015 internship application is open from November 2014 to February of 2015. Please check the  website for details


 2014 NASA Summer Interns

  1. Joseph Fischer (FIT) – Kennedy Space Center
  2. Kylie Johnson (FIT) – Kennedy Space Center
  3. Breejum Albritton (FIT) – Kennedy Space Center
  4. Gabriel Diez (FSU) – Marshall Space Flight Center
  5. Gillian Smith (UCF) – Marshall Space Flight Center
  6. Eliyahu Davis (Miami) – Marshall Space Flight Center
  7. Jonathan Katzman (Miami) – Langley Research Center
  8. Joseph Park (UF) – Goddard Space Flight Center

2013 KSC Summer Interns


ANTHONY GAROFALO (UCF)  “Fluid Vessel Quantity using Non-Invasive PZT Technology Flight Volume measurements under Zero-G analysis” under the guidance of Dr. Rudolph Werlink.
ARUN SUBBIAH  (UFL)  “Systems Engineering for Science Payload Development” under the guidance of Dr. Nicole Dufour.
BRITTANY MOTT  (USF)  “Cryogenics and Propulsion branch” under the guidance of Dr. Carlos Estrada.
VRAJEN PATEL  (UCF)  “Development of a prototype algal reactor for removing CO2 from cabin air” under the guidance of Dr. Oscar Monje Mejia.


ALEJANDRA DOMINGUEZ  (FIT)  ”KSC Swamp Works” under the guidance of Mr. Robert Mueller.
ANTHONY DEFILLIPO  (Brevard Community College)  ”KSC Swamp Works” under the guidance of Mr. Robert Mueller.


2012 KSC Interns

Paige Attaway                  University of Florida

Robert Feldges                 Florida Gulf Coast University

Karl Hewling                      Florida A&M University

Lili Moots                            University of Central Florida

Khadijah Ransom             Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Jasmine Rutledge            Bethune-Cookman University

David Thorpe                    Florida State University

Laura Seward                   University of Central Florida

2011 SAIP Interns

2010 SAIP Interns

2009 SAIP Interns

2008 KSC Interns

2008 Industry Interns

2007 KSC Interns

Hybrid Motor Rocket Competition

2014-2015 Hybrid Motor High Powered Rocket Competition

Sponsored by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) and the North East Florida Association of Rocketry (NEFAR)

The objective of the competition is to build and launch a hybrid powered rocket.  There are two categories of competition to choose from.  The first category consists of launching a hybrid rocket to the maximum altitude.  The second category challenges the teams to fly their rocket closest to 2000 feet in altitude.  There must be at least two teams competing in each category.  If there is only one team, that team will be asked to move to the other category.

The engineering notebook will be a bound notebook (Composition type noteBook) which will have all of the team’s engineering data, calculations, drawings and sketches, test results, notes, ideas, meeting notes, etc.  This notebook will be returned to the teams on flight day.  NOTE: The notebook is NOT a formal final report.  We are looking for your project/laboratory workbook.

This competition is open to any university or community college team in Florida, both public and private.

Part I – Proposal

The faculty advisor of the university team must submit a 2 page proposal with a budget of up to $1,000. If a team is planning to enter both categories, please submit separate proposals (maximum 2 pages each)

The proposal must include the following:

  1. Team Name
  2. Project Manager Name and Email Address
  3. Name and Email Address of the Project Manager’s Alternate
  4. All team members names and their email addresses in addition to the following:
    • Status (e.g. sophomore, junior, senior etc.)
    • Hometown
    • Gender
    • Race (needed for reporting to funding authority)
  5. Category or categories the team plans to compete in (maximum altitude and/or closest to 2000 feet in altitude).
  6. Detailed Budget.

All teams that submit a proposal will be able to take part in the competition and compete for the prizes.  At least 6 teams (from both categories) will be selected and awarded up to $1,000 to build the rocket (detailed budget must be provided in the proposal).  For teams that design their own engines, static testing and data from two test launches is expected.  The funds will be provided as a cost reimbursable grant to the faculty advisor.  The funds can be used for supplies, motors, kits and travel.  Salary and capital expenditure is not allowed.  Indirect costs are not allowed.

Part II – Reports & Flight

Teams will then build and test their rockets for flight and submit their engineering notebook due approximately 2 weeks before the launch.  Also, the program manager or their alternate representative from each team will be required to submit every 2 weeks a “progress and accomplishment report” of no more then 3/4 page text to the PBWorks website @  Reports should include work done plus attachments including parts lists, photos, etc.  NOTE: There are no points awarded for submitting the Progress Reports however, points will be deducted for non-submittal and late reports.

Also, each team will be required to submit to the PBWorks website @ a Hazard Analysis and a Failure Modes & Effects Analysis by the time listed in the Timeline below.  The Hazard Analysis should focus on the handling and use of the nitrous oxide and any pyrotechnic systems or materials.  The Failure Modes & Effects Analysis should focus on what kinds of things could go wrong with your launch equipment and rocket, as well as, what you have done to mitigate or reduce the identified failure modes.  These reports should be no more than 4 text pages in length, tables and graphs are not included in page count. They should be updated and resubmitted as your designs evolve.  The reports are to show that you are ready to test and fly your rockets and motors safely.  Failure to submit these reports may result in your being removed from the competition.


Teams will have their rockets and motors inspected for safety by a NEFAR representative just before launch.  NEFAR will sponsor the launch at the club site in Bunnell.  Results of launch must be into the judge by 3:00 pm on the day of the launch; judge will leave site at 3:15 pm.  NOTE:  We are not responsible for problems at the NEFAR launch site.  Be there early.  Don’t wait until it is too late to launch.  To be awarded points for flight you must have a successful flight; i.e. Launch, deployment of recovery system, and controlled landing.  All other flights will be judged on a case by case base.  NOTE: rockets deemed unsafe will not be allowed to fly in the competition until fixed and approved.

NEFAR Website –

Part III – Additional funding

The winning teams from each category will receive additional funding according to the following chart. These additional funds will be provided to the winning team(s) faculty advisor to defray their expenses incurred for travel to the competition location.

Place Maximum Altitude Category Closest to 2000 ft. Category
1st Place $500.00 $750.00
2nd Place $300.00 $450.00
3rd Place $100.00 $200.00

Time line

Altitude Determination


A recording barometric altimeter must be used to record data for competition.  The launch site should be considered zero altitude and the altimeter should be calibrated to zero, it is up to flier to provide proof of a properly calibrated altimeter to the Judge upon request.

Altimeters with altitude sensors other than barometric sensors, such as accelerometers or magnetic apogee detection, may be used to deploy the recovery systems.  However, they are prohibited from use in determining the actual altitude.

Determining Actual Altitude

The actual flight profile will be determined by the competition judges.  The graph or other flight profile display provided by a recording device will be examined for accuracy.  If it is shown that a sudden peak in altitude is attributable to the ejection charge, that peak will be not be used to determine the recorded altitude.  The altitude just prior to or just after that sudden peak will be the official recorded altitude.

Launch Rails & Firing Electronics Requirements 

Teams should provide their own launch rails/pads and firing electronics and if requested must be inspected for safety by a NEFAR representative.  NOTE THIS REQUIREMENT: firing electronics must be at least 500 feet away from launch rails/pads.  Firing electronics should incorporate at least one safety switch to prevent accidental ignition of rocket during setup.  Please insure that you have enough current available to ignite the motor with 500 foot of cable.  If you wish to use NEFAR launch equipment please contact Robert Eppig for our NEFAR representative contact information – to check if what you need is available.  Please check early if you wish to use NEFAR equipment-THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT WHAT YOU NEED IS AVAILABLE. 

Static Judging

For the teams that build their rocket and/or engine from scratch, their scores from the judges will reflect the originality and performance of the rocket and/or the engine

Motor Class Total Impulse

G or less: 160 Newton-seconds or less

Submit Proposal and Engineering Notebook to:

Gene Tavares, 407-823-6173,

Submit technical questions to:

Robert Eppig,

Competing Teams will receive a login to the PBWorks site by Sept. 30, 2015


2013-14 Participating Universities

  1. University of Central Florida (1 team)
  2. University of Florida (1)
  3. University of Miami (1)
  4. University of West Florida (1)
  5. Daytona State College (1)
  6. Florida International University (1)
  7. Florida Institute of Technology (2)
  8. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2)
  9. University of South Florida (3)


2013-14 Winners

Maximum Altitude

First Place: Florida Institute of Technology

Second Place: University of West Florida

Third Place: University of Florida

Closest to 2000 feet

First Place: University of Central Florida

Second Place: Florida Institute of Technology

Third Place: Florida International University


2012-13 Participating Universities

1. University of Central Florida

2. University of Florida

3. University of Miami

4. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

5. Florida Institute of Technology

2012-13 Winners

Maximum Altitude

First Place: University of Central  Florida

Second Place: Florida Institute of Technology

Third Place: University of Florida

Closest to 2000 feet

First Place: Florida Institute of Technology

Second Place: University of Florida

Third Place: University of Central Florida

2011-12 Winners

Maximum Altitude

First Place: University of Florida

Second Place: Florida Institute of Technology

Third Place: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Closest to 2000 feet

First Place: Florida Institute of Technology

Second Place: University of Florida

Third Place: University of Central Florida

Senior Design Projects and NASA Competitions

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium will be supporting senior design projects  for the 2014-15 Academic Year

FSGC will provide upto $500 for senior design projects. Request for funding should come from a faculty advisor in a Florida university or College. The request should give a brief description of the project, its relevance to NASA (if applicable), how the funds will be spent and the names and email addresses of all the students participating in the project. The funds cannot be used to support students. If the funds are used for travel, only students who are US citizens are eligible for travel support. Please note that except for the Florida Space Research Program, indirect costs are not allowed for any FSGC programsAny funding request exceeding $2000 will require matching. The matching has to be non-federal matching and can be cash and/or in-kind matching.

FSGC will also provide partial support to Florida teams participating in any NASA Competitions including:

NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Robotic Mining Competition
University Student Launch Initiative

Reduced Gravity Flights
2014 RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design Challenge
2014 RASC-AL Competition
High Altitude Student Platform (HASP)
NASA/NIA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concept-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL)


If you are requesting funds for a program other than the fellowship and the Florida Space Research Program, please submit the following cover page along with your proposal

unsolicited proposal cover page

Please email or mail your request to:

Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee
Partnership 1 Building

12354 Research Parkway, Room 218

Orlando, FL, 32826 -0650

For more information, please contact Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee at

Senior Design Projects and NASA Competitions supported in 2013-14

  1.  Design of a flexible cubesat bus –  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  2. Design of an electrodynamic tether and deployment mechanism fora 3U cubesat - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  3. Android Mobile Device Controlled Compact Potentiostat for a Portable and Affordable Biosensor Platform – Florida International University
  4. Multi-Purpose UAV – Florida International University

  6. AUVSI SUAS Seafarer Competition UAV Platform - Florida International University

  7. Direct Drive Solar Powered Arcjet Thruster – Florida State University
  8. Mars Lander Robot Recharger - Florida State University
  9. NASA/RASC-AL Robo-Ops Project - Florida State University
  10. Heavy Lift Model Aircraft – University of Central Florida
  11. Liquid Rocket Engine – University of Central Florida
  12. Relay-Assisted Network for Guidance of Exploration Robots – University of Central Florida
  13. LED-based sensor for simultaneous, time-resolved measurements of CO and CO2 from hybrid rocket exhausts – University of Central Florida
  14. Micro Air Vehicles – University of Central Florida
  15. Florida Tech 2014 NASA Robotic Mining Team – Florida Institute of Technology
  16. UCF 2014 NASA Robotic Mining Team – University of Central Florida
  17. UF 2014 NASA Robotic Mining Team – University of Florida
  18. Oculus Microgravity Team – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  19. Miami Microghravity Team – University of Miami
  20. Investigation of Stiff Deployment Mechanism for Small Satellite Platforms – University of Florida
  21. Student Launch Initiative – University of Central Florida
  22. Precision Time Transfer with CubeSats – University of Florida

Senior Design Projects and NASA Competitions supported in 2012-13

  1. Smart Materials Museum Exhibit  Design - Florida State University
  2. Multi-Element Free Space Optical Modules for Mobile Communications and Smart Lighting – Florida International University
  3. Remote Access Arm – University of South Florida
  4. Aerial Reconnaissance Drone Program – Florida International University
  5. Non-Orbiting Balloon Science – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  6. Ozone Analysis – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  7. Micro Air Vehicle(MAV) Autonomous Wing Control – University of Central Florida
  8. AAA Design Build Fly- University of Central Florida
  9. Aero Design Competition: Mirco Class – University of Central Florida
  10. Design & Construction of a Heavy Lift Model Air Craft – University of Central Florida
  11. Search and Rescue Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – University of Miami
  12. NASA RASC-AL ROBO-OPS  - FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
  13. Airforce Nanosatellite Competition – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  14. NASA  2013 Lunabotics – Embry-Rdlle Aeronautical University
  15. NASA  2013 Lunabotics – Florida Institute of Technology
  16. Astronomy Society Balloon Project – University of Central Florida
  17. Ballooning workshop – Florida International University

Senior Design Projects supported in 2011-12

  1. AIAA Design, Build, Fly Competition – University of Central Florida
  2. Designing Electrical Systems for Testing the Ionosphere using Nano-satellite – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  3. Autonomous Sensory Aerial Platform – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  4. BLUAV Hydrogen Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – University of Central Florida
  5. Design Build Fly – University of Miami
  6. Micro Air Vehicle Robust Pitch Control (MAVRC) – University of Central Florida

Senior Design Projects supported in 2010-2011:

  1. The Recoverable Ionospheric Rocket Project – University of Central Florida
  2. High Altitude Balloon program – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  3. The design, and building of  a high speed photometer- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  4. The design and construction of  a high-throughput, imaging optical spectrograph- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  5. Aerobots – Florida International University
  6. Aerial Robotics – University of Miami
  7. Design and build an unmanned electric powered, radio controlled aircraft – University of Miami

Florida Space Research Program (FSRP)

Details on the 2015 Florida Space Research Program will be released mid-March 2015


2014 Florida Space Research Program

The Florida Space Research Program (FSRP), formerly called Florida Space Research & Education Grant Program (FSREGP), is jointly funded by the Florida Space Grant Consortium, and Space Florida. Its purpose is to support the expansion and diversification of Florida’s space industry by increasing statewide academic involvement in space research, engineering, education, and training programs that are consistent with the state’s space industry priorities. This matching grant program combines state, federal, and other funds for competitive award to projects sponsored within, or conducted in partnership with, the state’s public and private academic institutions. Teaming with industry, nonprofit institutions, and federal agencies is strongly encouraged. K-12 collaboration is also encouraged on appropriate projects.

The eligibility for these grants are as follows:

Grants are intended for faculty researchers from FSGC affiliated universities
and colleges. Proposals from non-affiliated Florida universities, colleges,
community colleges, and industry will be viewed more favorably if the project
involves collaborations with FSGC affiliates. Other non-academic
organizations are also eligible to receive grant awards, especially if their
proposed projects include involvement with FSGC affiliates.
Preference will be given to rpopsoals that are aligned with NASA’s piorities

Notice of Intent by March 28, 2014

Deadline: Proposals due by May 16, 2014

Notification of Award – July 30, 2014 (subject to receipt of  funding from NASA for 2014 program cycle)

1 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY Learn about the program, its eligibility requirements, how to apply and reporting requirements.
(Adobe PDF Format and Word Document)
2 RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES Find the best matching research opportunity at various NASA centers
3 ONLINE APPLICATION Read detailed instructions to register and successfully complete your online application.
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