Archive for September, 2015

NASA KSC has 40-50 Open Internship Opportunities – Open 10/5 – 10/9/2015

NASA KSC has 40-50 Open Internship Opportunities – Open 10/5 – 10/9/2015

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida will be accepting applications for our Pathways Internship Program (similar to the previous NASA co-op program) starting on Monday, October 5, 2015. There will be 40-50 positions available through fifteen (15) announcements on  The positions are in a wide range of areas such as Communications/Broadcasting, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Business, Accounting, & Finance. The application deadline is 11:59pm Eastern on Friday, October 9, 2015. These positions are planned to start on January 25, 2016. For more information about the KSC Pathways Program please feel free to visit our website at

Please check out this flyer on the KSC Pathway Positions

NASA KSC Pathways Positions – Spring 2016

Request For Information on NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate Virtual Institutes

Request For Information on NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate Virtual Institutes

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) continually looks for ways to help advance the development of U.S. aerospace technology. With the accelerating pace of innovation, NASA seeks to better understand opportunities for early technology research and development (R&D), especially in partnership with academia. In particular, NASA is interested in the potential benefits of forming virtual institutes to facilitate research and technology advancements from U.S. academic organizations. A virtual institute is an organizational model allowing distributed participation by experts in academia, not-for-profit organizations, and individual researchers. It enables coordination and cooperation without requiring participants to be collocated.

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) already has multiple programs engaged in excellent work with university researchers, most notably through the Space Technology Research Grants Program (STRG). However, NASA is considering the possibility of establishing virtual institutes to complement the individual research grants and project opportunities already offered in STMD programs. Through this Request for Information (RFI), NASA seeks input on the use of academia-based virtual institutes to advance promising technology research avenues; the manner to implement and manage such virtual institutes; the identification of organizations that might be interested in leading, managing, facilitating, or participating in a virtual institute; and recommended processes that would enable more efficient and effective partnership and research progress.

The RFI can be obtained through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at{88E280FD-4790-BDEE-71CE-E6A5FA0A5B31}&path=open

Responses are limited to no more than 10 pages and should be uploaded as a single PDF file attachment not to exceed 10MB at the NSPIRES web site ( by October 21, 2015 (5:00pm Eastern). Please refer to the “Virtual Institute RFI Response Submission Instructions” document on the Virtual Institutes NSPIRES Web page for RFI response submission instructions. Note that responses to this RFI may be submitted within NSPIRES directly by the PI; no action by an organization’s Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) is required to submit a response.

Note: This RFI was originally released on May 22, 2015 and is being re-released now to provide opportunity for additional responses. Responses received under the previous RFI need not be submitted again, they will be reviewed together with new responses.

This RFI is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government pay for the information submitted in response. Respondents will not be notified of the results. NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at

NASA Seeks Big Ideas from Students for Inflatable Heat Shield Technology

NASA Seeks Big Ideas from Students for Inflatable Heat Shield Technology


NASA is giving university and college students an opportunity to be part of the agency’s journey to Mars with the Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD), managed by the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington, and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) are seeking innovative ideas for generating lift using inflatable spacecraft heat shields or hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator (HIAD) technology. 

“NASA is currently developing and flight testing HIADs — a new class of relatively lightweight deployable aeroshells that could safely deliver more than 22 tons to the surface of Mars,” said Steve Gaddis, GCD manager at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. “A crewed spacecraft landing on Mars would weigh between 15 and 30 tons.”

The NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is the heaviest payload ever landed on the Red Planet — weighing in at only one ton. To slow a vehicle carrying a significantly heavier payload through the thin Martian atmosphere and safely land it on the surface is a significant challenge. NASA is addressing this challenge through the development of large aeroshells that can provide enough aerodynamic drag to decelerate and deliver larger payloads. HIAD technology is a leading idea because these kinds of aeroshells can also generate lift, which would allow the agency to potentially do different kinds of missions.

Interested teams of three to five undergraduate and/or graduate students are asked to submit white papers describing their concepts by Nov. 15. Concepts may employ new approaches such as shape morphing and pneumatic actuation to dynamically alter the HIAD inflatable structure.

Selected teams will continue in the competition by submitting in the spring of 2016 full technical papers on the concept. Up to four teams will present their concepts to a panel of NASA judges at the BIG Idea Forum at Langley in April 2016.

Each finalist team will receive a $6,000 stipend to assist with full participation in the forum. BIG Idea Challenge winners will receive offers of paid internships with the GCD team at Langley, where they can potentially work toward a flight test of their concept.

For more information about the challenge, and details on how to apply, visit the BIG Idea website at:

For more information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, go to:

New NASA Human Research Program International Life Sciences Research Announcement

New NASA Human Research Program International Life Sciences Research Announcement

NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) has released solicited research response area NRA NNJ15ZSA001N-ILSRA “NASA Human Research Program International Life Sciences Research Announcement” that solicits research in support of HRP goals and objectives. This response area is Appendix F of the Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) NRA (NNJ15ZSA001N).

In collaboration with NASA’s international partners, this NRA solicits proposals for NASA in support of the Human Research Program. Proposals are solicited in the areas of Operational Validation of a Model(s) to Inform Scheduling Decisions and Implement Fatigue-Related Countermeasures and Innovative Research in Behavioral Health and Performance for the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA).

Appendix F of the HERO NRA and associated documentation can be found at:

The HERO NRA including all open appendices is available through the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at:

Notices of intent are requested by October 13, 2015 at 5pm EST. Full proposals are due December 8, 2015 at 5pm EST.

All categories of United States (U.S.) institutions are eligible to submit proposals in response to the NRA. Principal Investigators may collaborate with universities, Federal Government laboratories, the private sector, and state and local government laboratories. In all such arrangements, the applying entity is expected to be responsible for administering the project according to the management approach presented in the proposal. NASA’s policy is to conduct research with non-U.S. organizations on a cooperative, no exchange-of-funds basis.



FSRP 2015

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