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Senior Design Projects and NASA Competitions


The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium will be supporting senior design projects (up to $500 for each project), NASA Competition participation (up to $2000) and other competitions for the 2016-17 Academic Year. Priority will be given to NASA competitions. Examples of NASA competitions are

NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Robotic Mining Competition
University Student Launch Initiative
2017 NASA RASC-AL Competition
High Altitude Student Platform (HASP)

Request for funding should be submitted by a faculty advisor in a Florida university or College, affiliated with FSGC, through that institution’s Sponsored Research Office. Proposals not submitted through the affiliate institution’s Sponsored Research Office will not be accepted. The funds can be utilized only for purchase of materials and supplies related to the project. If the funds are to be used for travel reimbursement, only students who are US citizens are eligible for travel reimbursement through the FSGC award funds. Any funding request exceeding $2000 will require at least 1:1 matching through non-federal funds. The matching can be cash and/or in-kind matching. Match can be in the form of either cash or in-kind, including waived indirect costs, academic release for faculty members, student stipends, instrument, and computer time. However, equipment purchase and/or cost of pro-rated use cannot be considered as match.

Work and/or student involvement in the project should commence only AFTER receipt of signed award documents from Univ. of Central Florida, acting as fiscal agents of NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium.


The request should include

  1. student project proposal cover page sheet (both pages)
  2. a brief description of the project,
  3. its relevance to NASA (if applicable),
  4. how the award funds and/or match funds (where applicable) will be spent
  5. a spreadsheet showing the following details of each student participating in the project.

Since FSGC is a Training Grant, this demographic and other information is required for onward submission to NASA HQ as part of our annual report.  We do not send individual information. All the information is aggregated and then compiled into our annual report to NASA. NASA in turn uses this information to present Space Grant program highlights to Congressional delegates in order to secure future years funding for the National Space Grant program through the NASA Education Office. 

Indirect cost will be determined as per Clause 3.4 of the signed Master Agreements between UCF, acting on behalf of FSGC and the awardee institution.

Maximum possible funding request for NASA competitions is limited to $2000. Any funding request exceeding $2000 will be entertained, if funds are available. Any funding over $2000 will require matching. The matching can be cash and/or in-kind matching.

Teams requesting less than $2000 for NASA competitions will increase their chances of being funded if they provide matching funds.


Please email or mail your signed proposal to:

Sreela Mallick

NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium

Partnership 1 Building

12354 Research Parkway, Room 214

Orlando, FL, 32826 -0650


For technical information, please contact Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee at



Senior Design Projects and NASA Competitions supported in 2015-16

Reusable Entry Vehicle for Suborbital Science – Univ. of Central Florida (UCF)

Diverse Air-bearing Weightless Environment Project DAWN – Florida Institute of Technology (FIT)

Mars Society’s University Rover Challenge – FIT

Unmanned underwater-air hybrid vehicle (Shark Bait) – FIT

Developing a planetary rover prototype with the capability of carrying multiple payloads for space resource utilization.  – UCF

Land Based Autonomous Vehicle for the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition – Florida State University (FSU)

2016 Robotic Mining Competition – FIT, Univ. of Florida (UF), Univ. of North Florida (UNF)

Student Launch Initiative – Florida International University (FIU), UCF

High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) – UCF, UF

Mircogravity NeXt Design Challenge – Embry Riddle Aronautical University (ERAU)


Senior Design Projects and NASA Competitions supported in 2014-15

Centrifugal Dust Experiment (CEDEX) – Univ. of Central Florida

AIAA-UCF CanSat – Univ. of Central Florida

AIAA Design Build Fly  – Univ. of Central Florida

Simulated planetary science device

Design and construction of an RC aircraft

Magnetically Coupled Mixer/Pump System for Cryogenic Propellant Tank Destratification  – Florida State University

Visible Light Communication for Wireless Internet Connection – Florida International University

UCF 2015 NASA Robotic Mining Team – University of Central Florida

UF 2015 NASA Robotic Mining Team – University of Florida

Asteroid Regolith Simulant Design and Development (Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT))- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Rock Chip Sampling Device for Microgravity Bodies (Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT))- University of South Florida


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
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