Archive for October, 2013

NASA Seeking Student Science Experiments for Balloon Flight

NASA Seeking Student Science Experiments for Balloon Flight
NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space aboard a high-altitude scientific balloon. This balloon flight competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE) in Baton Rouge.
NASA is targeting fall 2014 for the next flight opportunity for the LaSPACE-maintained High Altitude Student Platform (HASP). HASP is a balloon-borne instrument stack that provides an annual near-space flight opportunity for 12 undergraduate and graduate student-built instruments.
A panel of engineers from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., and LaSPACE will review the applications and select the finalists for the next flight opportunity. Launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in Fort Sumner, N.M., HASP flights typically fly for 15 to 20 hours at an altitude of approximately 23 miles.
HASP houses and provides power, mechanical support, interfacing and communications for the instruments. It can be used to flight-test compact satellites, prototypes and other small payloads designed and built by students.
HASP can support approximately 200 pounds of payloads and test articles. Since 2006, the HASP program has selected for flights more than 70 payloads involving more than 600 students from across the United States.
The application deadline for the flight is Dec. 20. A question-and-answer teleconference for interested parties will be held at 11 a.m. EST Nov. 15. For application materials, teleconference schedule and additional HASP details, visit:
For information about NASA’s scientific balloon program, visit:

NASA Science Weekly Highlights (October 25, 2013)

Weekly highlights of the NASA Science Mission Directorate. Week of October 25, 2013

SMD Weekly Highlights (10 25 13)

National Community College Aerospace Scholars

Then National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) is the educational program for you.  When you become an Aerospace Scholar, you become one of a select group of students invited to visit NASA to participate in an on-site team project.  You’ll participate in web-based activities as well as behind the scenes tours of NASA, and will get the chance to interact with NASA engineers, educators, scientists, and community college students from across the nation.


Program Dates: February 26-28, 2014

NCAS will be held at JPL and MFSC.

Please go to for more information and to apply for the program


2013 Fellows


2013 Doctoral Fellowships (Year 1 of 3)
Name University Project Title
Tracy Becker University of Central Florida

Characterizing the Size Distribution and Vertical Displacement of Particles in Saturn’s Rings

2013 Masters Fellowships (Year 1 of 2)
Name University Project Title
Larissa Fereria Florida State University lMitigation of [Uplift] Pressure on Roof Systems for Low-Rise Residential Structures Using
Passive Mechanisms Inspired Through Biomimicry
Chelsea Irwigl Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Effect of Team Gender Composition on Collective Task Performance

2013 Doctoral Fellowships (Year 3 of 3)
Name University Project Title
Dolores Jane Forbes Florida Atlantic University Harmful Algal Bloom Probabilities in South Florida – A Spatial Systems Approach
Krista Romita University of Florida Investigate the distribution and properties of embedded clusters in the Carina Arm of the Milky Way and in the Large Magellanic Cloud


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