Archive for March, 2013

Florida Tech Lunabotics team strives for continuous program and community outreach

Florida Tech Lunabotics team strives for continuous program and community outreach




NASA FSGC is partially sponsoring the 2013 FIT Lunabotics team

Space Grant “SPHERES Experts Network

The MIT Space Systems Laboratory developed the SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) laboratory environment to provide DARPA, NASA, and other researchers with a long term, replenishable, and upgradable testbed for the validation of high risk metrology, control, and autonomy technologies for use in formation flight and autnomous docking, rendezvous and reconfiguration algorithms

MIT and Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium would like to  create a nationwide network of engineering students who are experts on SPHERES research. To support this a small number of students from different states will be invited  to come to MIT for a week or two this summer to learn about SPHERES and the Zero Robotics program and bring that expertise back to their states in order to encourage high schools to enter the Zero Robotics competition. Selected student will get a $10,000 ($5000 from MIT and $5000 from FSGC) to cover the costs of the 2 week workshop

$10k grant will cover (inclusive)
– Travel costs to MIT crash course
– Materials to support Zero Robotics
– The rest for student educational and research expenses (managed by student)

MIT will provide in addition
– Housing for 2-week “SPHERES Crash Course” (MIT dorm)
– Zero Robotics website and game access
– Tools required for SPHERES research programming
– Guidance to “SPHERES Experts” throughout the year
– Availability of SPHERES hardware at MIT
– Work with NASA to have astronaut time for SPHERES Experts research on ISS

The  Space Grant SPHERES Experts Network 2013 presentation  has more information on the program

All interested students are requested to send an application to Dr. Jeff Hoffman   ( and to Dr. Alvar Saenz-Otero, the SPHERES Project Leader ( by April 15th. They will contact you with more information. Please cc your email to  Application should include Basic personal and school information snd commitment to outreach for Zero Robotics and help during competition.

Please call Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee at 407-823-6177 or email him at if you have any questions

NASA Science Weekly Highlights (March 22 2013)

Starting this week, FSGC will post the weekly highlights of the NASA Science Mission Directorate.

SMD Weekly Highlights (3 22 13)

Inspire – Connect – Explore – NASA Kennedy Space Center website for college students

Inspire – Connect – Explore” (ICE)

NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is piloting a new website, “Inspire – Connect – Explore” (ICE), for college students. The website is designed to showcase real world examples of degrees at work in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and more (STEM&M).   As part of a team of young engineers and mathematicians at Kennedy Space Center, we believe this website will be a valuable tool for students to inspire their future and help guide their college careers.  We were once college students as well and understand the challenges associated with choosing the path for the future.

The website is accessible at . NASA/KSC employees have generated profiles to include how their education and experiences have developed their careers. Students can browse by degree, school, or search by subject of interest to find a NASA/KSC employee’s profiles. Employee profiles include information on valuable courses, career history, and an opportunity to interact with the employees through a question/answer section.

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, seeks solutions to health concerns facing astronauts on long-duration missions. This research also benefits patients on Earth. The NSBRI is currently soliciting applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

NSBRI’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides support for postdoctoral fellows in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. Funding is for a two-year period with an option for a third year of support. Applicants must prepare proposals with the support of a mentor, and all proposals are evaluated by a peer-review panel.

Applications are due June 7, 2013.

For detailed information on the application process, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to

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