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Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Announce 2015 Summer Interns

Space Florida and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Announce 2015 Summer Interns

May 28, 2015

EXPLORATION PARK, FL (MAY 28, 2015) – Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, and the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium have selected two Florida University students to participate in the 2015 Florida Space Internship Program, supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields at the university level.

The two University of Florida students, Lauren Brown and Nicholas Cullen, will be working on research projects alongside their mentors at the Space Life Sciences Center (SLSL), located on Exploration Park property at Kennedy Space Center. This full-time STEM internship gives the students access to an abundance of resources at the SLSL.

Brown will be working on a project researching a Dust Atmospheric Recovery Technology (DART) System, under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger, while Cullen’s project, Generating Metabolic Networks of the Modern Stromatolite Microbiome, will take place under the supervision of Dr. Jamie Foster.

“This really is a dream Internship,” said NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium Director Jaydeep Mukherjee, Ph.D. “Students have an opportunity to do actual research with outstanding mentors at a world class facility within the Space Life Sciences Laboratory and I believe this hands-on Internship provides tangible results for all involved while still fostering academic achievement.”

The internship runs from June 1 through August 7, 2015. Interns will each receive a $5,000 sponsorship award to pay for their research. The program will conclude with the students presenting their findings and work accomplishments to a gathering of mentors and other space industry guests at the SLSL.

“This program gives hands-on experience to our next generation of space and aerospace employees,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello. “We are fortunate to have resources like the SLSL that allow these students an immersive space-related work experience. We couldn’t be prouder to host Lauren and Nicholas as this year’s interns.”

To learn more about the Florida Space Internship Program, visit

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About Space Florida: Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive – and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed.

About Florida Space Grant Consortium: Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) is a NASA sponsored program led by the University of Central Florida (UCF) and administered by the Florida Space Institute at UCF. It is a voluntary association of seventeen public and private Florida Universities and colleges. The Consortium also includes the Astronaut Memorial Foundation, Space Florida, Kennedy Space Center, and Orlando Science Center. FSGC supports the expansion and diversification of Florida’s space industry, through providing grants, scholarships, and fellowships to students and educators from Florida’s public and private institutes of higher education.


NASA Invites Universities to Submit Innovative Early-Stage Technology Proposals

NASA Invites Universities to Submit Innovative Early-Stage Technology Proposals

NASA is seeking proposals from universities for early stage technology development that will support the agency’s long-term plans for human exploration of Mars and scientific study of our solar system and beyond.

The Early Stage Innovations NASA Research Announcement calls for innovative space technology proposals that could benefit NASA’s space program, other government agencies and the greater aerospace community.

“We are looking for innovative ideas where top researchers from U.S. universities can help solve the toughest space technology challenges as we look to begin our journey to pioneer our solar system,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “The areas of focus we selected align with our Space Technology Roadmaps, which reflect the National Research Council’s review of these roadmaps.”

Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals under this solicitation. Notices of intent to submit proposals to the Early Stage Innovations Appendix of NASA’s Research Announcement, “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration and Infusion 2015,” are due June 12. The deadline for submitting final proposals is July 10.

The proposals may cover transformative space technologies in different fields, including planetary exploration capabilities, such as payload technologies for assistive free-flyers and robotic mobility technologies for the surfaces of icy moons. They may also cover material science, such as discrete cellular materials assembly, repair and reconfiguration, and computationally guided structural nanomaterials design.

Other topics could include optical communication for space using integrated photonics, atmospheric entry modeling development using data from the first flight test of NASA’s Orion spacecraft in December 2014, and high voltage power management and distribution electronics for space applications.

The agency expects to make approximately 12 awards this fall, with total award amounts of as much as to $500,000. Research and development efforts will take place over two to three years.

To view the announcement and information for submitting proposals, visit:

For more information about NASA’s investments in space technology, visit:

Payload Slots on Private Suborbital Spaceflights – For Your Experiment – AT NO COST


Citizens in Space ( is a not-for-profit, private continuation of NASA’s original Teachers in Space Project that has pre-purchased 10 flights of XCOR’s Lynx spacecraft.  With capacity for 10-15 experiments per flight, Citizens in Space invites citizen scientists at all levels to submit your experiment ideas for consideration.  Groups of makers, hackers, students, researchers, educators, and space professionals with zero-g or observation experiments that can meet volume and mass constraints similar to the cubesat standard will be offered 1U, 2U, and 3U sized accommodation on the flight manifest at no cost.  Citizens in Space seeks to keep the data and designs publicly accessible, so an open source approach is recommended.  Mentoring through the development and integration process is available, and a partnered space R&D company offers a hardware development kit for free.


It’s not every day that an opportunity comes along for you to get your experiment in to space without significant expenditure.  This is a great opportunity for STEM outreach, academic research, or for professionals with desk jobs to get their hands dirty again.  Visit to download the development guide and read the requirements for submitting a letter of intent.  Letters of intent to are what secure your spot on the list, and slots are going fast- so expedite if you can!

NASA and ASME Future Engineers: 3-D Space Container Challenge

Future Engineers: 3-D Space Container Challenge
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: Aug. 2, 2015

NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging K-12 students to create a model of a container for space using 3-D modeling software. Astronauts need containers of all kinds — from advanced containers for studying fruit flies to simple containers for collecting Mars rocks or storing an astronaut’s food. The ability to 3-D print containers in space — on demand — will let humans venture farther into space. That’s why we are challenging students to start designing for space now.

Design entries could be for a container designed for microgravity on the International Space Station or a container designed for future astronauts on Mars! Space is a big place, but your imagination is even bigger. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available.

Entries must be submitted by Aug. 2, 2015.

The Design a Space Container Challenge is the second in a series of challenges where students in grades K-12 create and submit a digital 3-D model of a container that they think astronauts might need in space. Future Engineers is a multiyear education initiative that consists of 3-D space challenges and curriculum videos that parents and educators can use to get kids designing today.

To sign up or for more information on the challenge, visit:
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