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Space Trek Academy

 

Space Trek Academy

December 11-14, 2018

Center for Space Education

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Atlantis Educational Services will be hosting a 4 day academy called the Space Trek Academy at the Center for Space Education (CSE), Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) from December 11-14, 2018. The Academy is sponsored wholly by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium. This Academy is open to all undergraduate students enrolled in a FSGC affiliated university or college (https://floridaspacegrant.org/about-us/affiliates/)

In this program, 16 college students will participate as one large team, with smaller technical units to successfully launch and retrieve a weather balloon, with a payload that travels up to 100,000 feet. There is no cost to the student, except for travel to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Students will be provided lodging for 3 nights (December 11, December 12, and December 13th). There is no reimbursement for travel. Lunch and dinner will be provided to every participant. Selected students will get a chance to have lunch with an astronaut and will also be given the opportunity to visit the KSC Visitor Complex, one afternoon. 

After the balloon launch on December 14th, there will be an award ceremony where every participant will be provided a certificate of completion.

Students will learn about subjects such as meteorology, telemetry and how NASA takes different variables into account to perform missions, very similar to these. They will also learn about payload integration and how to plan and efficiently carry out a weather balloon launch.

The flight computer will be designed to interact with 3 PODS (portable experiment computers) that can be programmed to connect with up to 10 sensors each. 

Preparation will begin with the selection of 16 students for the program. Discussions on possible experiments, hardware & program will take place before coming to CSE, with the help of Space Trek instructors through 2 Skype Sessions. 

Over a period of 3 days, the group will aim to integrate and launch their experiments to make observations in the upper atmosphere and throughout the flight of the weather balloon

Participants will work on independent teams with students assigned to different positions similar to those used by NASA, including Flight Director, Safety Officer, Payload Integration, Launch Operations, and Meteorology. Instructors will train students to perform their tasks and then assist in operations as the students take lead. Emphasis is on communication among various teams and to follow their roles to achieve a successful launch and recovery.

Students will develop a payload to be sent on the weather balloon conducting experiments and gather results as it ascends and descends through the atmosphere.

Flight Computer will have:

Pods can accept 5 I2C sensors (of the same kind or different), 4 digital and 4 analog sensors.

Participants will also learn how to test equipment, use checklists, and prepare all the components for the final launch. The main piece of hardware is the flight computer, which has the capability to record variables such as humidity, pressure, temperature, velocity, and altitude.

As the balloon travels through the atmosphere, the flight data will be constantly transmitted to our facility at KSCVC where students can watch a live feed on a map of the balloon flight. Alongside this data students can correlate the behavior of their experiment to draw possible conclusions.

 

Application & Selection Process:

 

If you have any questions on the application process, please email Abhishek Agarwal (abhishek@spacetrek.com)

Hybrid Motor Rocket Competition

 The major change in this years competition is  the launch site (Spaceport Rocketry Association in Palm Bay) and the involvement of a mentor for teams using a non-standard motor. This mentor must maintain a current Level 2 certification, and be in good standing, through the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA)

2018-19 Hybrid Motor High Powered Rocket Competition

Sponsored by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) and the Spaceport Rocketry Association, Inc. (SRA)

 

Click to: 2018-19-RFP-Hybrid-Rocket-Comp-FINAL  (pdf file) or 2018-19-RFP-Hybrid-Rocket-Comp-FINAL (word document)
Click to: 2018-19 hybrid rocket proposal-cover-page (pdf file) or 2018-19 hybrid rocket proposal-cover-page (word document) 

I Introduction

The objective of the competition is to build and launch a hybrid powered rocket with a hybrid motor rated “G” or from a lower class (160 Newton seconds or less).  The competition has two categories.  The first category consists of launching a hybrid rocket to the maximum altitude.  The second category challenges the teams to fly their rocket closest to 2,000 feet in altitude.  There must be at least two teams competing in each category.  If there is only one team, they will be asked to move to the other category.

  1. If the motor is built from scratch or a standard motor is modified in anyway including motor case, nozzles or grains the motor becomes non-standard.
  2. Any team using non-standard motor would make the project “research” and would require a mentor. The team must identify a “mentor” by the first report due date of the competition.   A mentor is defined as an adult who is included as a team member, who will be supporting the team (or multiple teams) throughout the project year, and may or may not be affiliated with the school, institution, or organization. The mentor must maintain a current Level 2 certification, and be in good standing, through the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA).  The mentor  must travel with the team to launch week
  3. If using a “research” motor the following is required:
    • A minimum of two documented motor tests must be done to demonstrate the safety, quality, and performance of the motor.  Documentation must be prepared and submitted to FSGC two-weeks before launch and must show thrust curves, impulse, burn-time, etc. from the two tests. 
    • Additionally, modified motors fall under Tripoli Experimental rules and must follow the following rules:
      • No sugar based propellants.
    • Non-Tripoli Members age 18 and over that are students of an accredited educational institution may participate in joint projects with Tripoli members. These individuals are allowed in the High Power Launch Area if escorted by an HPR Flier or Model Rocket Launch Area if escorted by an Adult Flier.
    • Space Grant will require the name and Tripoli member number of the certified Level 2 overseer within 2 weeks of competition start.
    • The maximum number of non-member participants shall not exceed five (5) per supervising flier.
    • On Launch Day Pre-launch prep in the “prep area” and going to the launch pad area will require a Tripoli certified Level 2 individual.
  4. Any team using all certified (purchased) hardware and propellant and follows manufacturer configuration requirements would not need a Tripoli certified Level 2 participation or oversight.
    1. No one on the team needs to be TRA member
    2. When purchasing the motor refer to the section where it lists Tripoli certified motors, tube, grain and nozzle combinations. NOTE: certified (purchased) a fast nozzle could not be coupled with a slow propellant formulation (unless the manufacturer would permit it).  If any team does this, the team would fall under the rules of one abov

II Proposal

The Faculty Advisor of the university team must submit a two-page proposal with a budget of up to $600.00.  If a faculty advisor is requesting funds for more than 1 team, then the maximum funding request for 2 teams is $1000, for 3 teams, $1400 and 4 teams, $1700. The proposal must be submitted by the Faculty Advisor through that institution’s Sponsored Research Office – otherwise the proposal will not be accepted. If a team is planning to enter both categories, please submit separate proposals (maximum three- pages each, except for the student demographic information).

The proposal will include:

  1. 2018-19 hybrid rocket proposal-cover-page.
  2. Faculty Advisor’s email address and contact information.
  3. The team name.
  4. Which category is the team competing in (Maximum Altitude or Closest to 2,000ft).
  5. Answer the following questions: Why does your team want to compete in this competition? Why do you think your team can actually meet the objective of building and launching a hybrid powered rocket?  
  6. A Detailed Budget (Please note that Indirect costs are limited to 5%). The budget should only include items that are needed for the construction of the hybrid rocket. Stipends to students are disallowed. Travel costs to the launch site can be included.
  7. A spreadsheet showing the following details of each student participating in the project. Please identify the Student Project Manager, Student Project Alternate Manager.

Please note that the starting date is October 8, 2018. This date is just the award date for funding purposes. Teams can begin their work from the September 25, 2018 announcement date for the selected teams.

Proposals without the team member information (see item 7) will not be accepted.    Teams can always change the composition of the team. If the team members differ from the original proposal, please email the relevant student information (see item 7) to the FSGC office. We require the student demographic information as NASA requires us to report the data. We only submit aggregate numbers. Individual information is never released.

All teams that submit a proposal, and are accepted, will be eligible to take part in the competition and compete for additional funding.  At least 6 teams (from both categories) will be selected and awarded up to $600 (1 team) or $1000 (2 teams), or $1400 (3 teams) and $1700 (4 teams) to build the rocket (detailed budget must be provided in the proposal).  For teams that design their own engines, static testing and data from two test launches is expected.  The funds will be provided as a cost reimbursable grant to the Faculty Advisor.  The funds can be used for supplies, motors, kits and travel.  Salary and capital expenditure is not allowed.  Indirect costs are limited to 5%.

Submit Proposal via email to: Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee jaydeep.mukherjee@ucf.edu

Submit Technical Questions via email to: Robert Eppig, beppig@cfl.rr.com

Proposals, with the signed coverpage, must be emailed to Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee (jaydeep.mukherjee@ucf.edu) by 5pm on September 21, 2018.

Inquiries: Financial and Other

All financial inquiries must come from the Faculty Advisor and/or that institution’s Sponsored Research Office. We will not entertain any award related and/or financial inquiries from the Student Project Manager, Student Project Alternate Manager, or Team Members.

All other inquiries must come from the Student Project Manager or the Student Project Alternate Manager. FSGC will not entertain any inquiries from other Team Members.

III Reports and Flight

Teams will build and test their rockets for flight and will be required to submit an engineering notebook due approximately two-weeks before the launch.  Also, the Student Project Manager or the Student Project Alternate Manager from each team will be required to submit, every two-weeks, a “Progress and Accomplishment Report” of no more then 3/4 page text to the PBWorks website: http://hybridrocket.pbworks.com/

On September 28, 2018 the Faculty Advisor, Student Project Manager, and the Student Project Alternate Manager will be given access to the PBWorks website (via an email account and password log-in).
Reports should include work done plus attachments including parts lists, photos, etc.  NOTE: There are no points awarded for submitting the Progress and Accomplishment Reports, however, points will be deducted for non-submittal and late reports.

Also, each team will be required to submit to the PBWorks website a Hazard Analysis and a Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA) report by November 12, 2018.  The Hazard Analysis should focus on the handling and use of the nitrous oxide and any pyrotechnic systems or materials.  The Failure Modes & Effects Analysis should focus on what kinds of things could go wrong with your launch equipment and rocket, as well as, what you have done to mitigate or reduce the identified failure modes.  These reports should be no more than four text pages in length, tables and graphs are not included in page count.  They should be updated and resubmitted as your designs evolve.  The reports are to show that you are ready to test and fly your rockets and motors safely.  Failure to submit these reports may result in your being removed from the competition.

 

IV Launch Day

Teams will have their rockets and motors inspected for safety by a Spaceport Rocketry Association representative just before launch (TBA).  Spaceport Rocketry Association will sponsor the launch at the club site in Palm Bay in Brevard County Florida.  Results of launch must be in to the judge by 4:00 pm when the field closes on the day of the launch; judge will leave site at 4:30 pm.  NOTE:  We are not responsible for problems at the launch site.  Be there early.  Don’t wait until it is too late to launch.  To be awarded points for flight you must have a successful flight; i.e. launch, deployment of recovery system, and controlled landing.  All other flights will be judged on a case by case base.  NOTE: Rockets deemed unsafe will not be allowed to fly in the competition until fixed and approved.

Spaceport Rocketry Association, Inc. (SRA)  Website: http://www.spaceportrocketry.org

(i) Altimeters

A recording barometric altimeter must be used to record data for competition.  The launch site should be considered zero altitude and the altimeter should be calibrated to zero, it is up to flier to provide proof of a properly calibrated altimeter to the Judge upon request.

Altimeters with altitude sensors other than barometric sensors, such as accelerometers or magnetic apogee detection, may be used to deploy the recovery systems.  However, they are prohibited from use in determining the actual altitude. 

(ii) Determining Actual Altitude

The actual flight profile will be determined by the competition judges.  The graph or other flight profile display provided by a recording device will be examined for accuracy.  If it is shown that a sudden peak in altitude is attributable to the ejection charge, that peak will be not be used to determine the recorded altitude.  The altitude just prior to or just after that sudden peak will be the official recorded altitude. 

(iii) Launch Rails & Firing Electronics Requirements

Teams should provide their own launch rails/pads and firing electronics and if requested must be inspected for safety by a Spaceport Rocketry Association representative.  NOTE THIS REQUIREMENT: firing electronics must be at least 300 feet away from launch rails/pads.  Firing electronics should incorporate at least one safety switch to prevent accidental ignition of rocket during setup.  Please insure that you have enough current available to ignite the motor with 300 foot of cable.  If you wish to use Spaceport Rocketry Association launch equipment please contact Robert Eppig for our Spaceport Rocketry Association representative contact information – to check if what you need is available.  Please check early (at least 2 months in advance) if you wish to use Spaceport Rocketry Association equipment-THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT WHAT YOU NEED IS AVAILABLE. 

(iv) Static Judging

For the teams that build their rocket and/or engine from scratch, their scores from the judges will reflect the originality and performance of the rocket and/or the engine.

Motor Class Total Impulse

G or less: 160 Newton-seconds or less

(v) Scoring

Points will be awarded for the phases of the competition.  The successful flight is worth 80% of the total points and the teams Engineering Notebook report is worth 20% of the total points.  The points for each part are as follows:

  1. Points for Flight
    • 100 pts for highest or closest to altitude
    • 90 pts for 2ndhighest or closest to altitude
    • 80 pts or 3rdhighest or closest to altitude
    • 70 pts for 4thhighest or closest to altitude
    • 0-10 pts for self-built motor
    • 0-5 pts for self-built rocket
  2. Points for Engineering Notebook
    • RockSim or other software simulations (30 pts)
    • Engineering Data (70 pts)
  3. Points for Progress and Accomplishment Report
    • There are no points awarded for submitting the Progress and Accomplishment Reports however, points will be deducted for late and non-submittal reports. For each day late you will lose 1% of your total weighted score (with a maximum of 3% lose for each late report). For each no-submittal report, you will lose 3% of your total weighted score.
  4. Hazard Analysis and a Failure Modes & Effects Analysis Report (FEMA)
    • There are no points awarded for submitting the Hazard Analysis and FEMA reports, however failure to submit these reports may result in your team being removed from the competition.

 

Engineering Notebook – will be a bound notebook (Composition type notebook) which will have all of the team’s engineering data, calculations, drawings and sketches, test results, notes, ideas, meeting notes, etc. 
NOTE: The notebook is NOT a formal final report.  We are looking for your project/laboratory workbook. You will submit the Engineering Notebook to the PBWorks website (digitally) or mail a hard-copy of the report to the NASA FSGC offices (if mailed, the notebook will be returned to the teams on flight day).

(vi) Additional Funding

As mentioned earlier in this RFP, at least 6 teams (from both categories) will be selected and awarded up to $600 to build the rocket (detailed budget must be provided in the proposal). 

The winning teams from each category will receive additional funding according to the following chart. These additional funds will be provided to the winning team(s) as additional funding to the project award given to them earlier at the start of the program. These funds may be used for supplementing the project costs and/or for expenses incurred for travel to the competition location. Please note that travel costs can only be provided to US citizens.

Place Maximum Altitude Category Closest to 2000 ft. Category
     
1st Place $500.00 $750.00
2nd Place $300.00 $450.00
3rd Place $100.00 $200.00

Inquiries: Financial and Other

All financial and award related inquiries must come from the Faculty Advisor and/or the institution Sponsored Research Office. We will not entertain any financial inquiries from the Student Project Manager, Student Project Alternate Manager, or Team Members.

All other inquiries must come from the Student Project Manager or the Student Project Alternate Manager. FSGC will not entertain any inquiries from other Team Members.

 

Timeline


2017-18 Participating Universities

Schools: 8
Teams: 19

Students: 123
Closest to 2K: 9 Teams
Maximum Altitude: 10 Teams

1. Florida State University (1 Team)

2. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2)

3. Florida Institute of Technology (2)

4. Florida Polytechnic University (1)

5. Florida International University (1)

6. University of Central Florida (9)

7. Eastern Florida State College (1)

8. Florida Atlantic University (2)

 

2016-17 Winners

Maximum Altitude Category

1st Place: UCF-SORCE

2nd Place: FIT Highest Altitude

3rd Place: FAU Skywalkers

Closest to 2000 ft. Category 

1st Place: UCF 2000ft Team A

2nd Place: USF SOAR Eagle

3rd Place: FAU Owl out of Ideas

Check out the Launch Day Video – March 12, 2016!!!

2015-16 Winners

Maximum Altitude Category

1st Place: UWF Argonauts Max

2nd Place: FIT Max Altitude

3rd Place: UM RocketCanes

Closest to 2000 ft. Category 

1st Place: UWF Argonauts 2K

2nd Place: FIT Precision

3rd Place: UF Hybrid Gators

2015-16 Participating Universities

Schools: 10
Teams: 20
Closest to 2K: 9 Teams
Maximum Altitude: 11 Teams

1. University of North Florida (1 Team)

2. University of Miami (1)

3. Florida Institute of Technology (2)

4. University of West Florida (2)

5. University of South Florida (5)

6. Florida International University (3)

7. University of Central Florida (2)

8. University of Florida (2)

9. Eastern Florida State College (1)

10. Florida Atlantic University (2)


2014-15 Winners

Maximum Altitude

First Place: University of Central Florida (MAED Maximum Thrust Team)

Second Place: University of South Florida (SOAR Peregrine Team)

Third Place: University of West Florida (Electrocketers2 Team)

Closest to 2000 feet

First Place: Florida Institute of Technology (Ace Team)

Second Place: University of West Florida (Argonauts1 Team)

Third Place: University of South Florida (SOAR Taurus Team)

2014-15 Participating Universities

1. University of Central Florida (3 teams)

2. University of Florida (2)

3. University of Miami (1)

4. University of West Florida (4)

5. Florida International University (1)

6. Florida Institute of Technology (4)

7. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1)

8. University of South Florida (5)

9. University of North Florida (1)

10. Florida Atlantic University (2)

2013-14 Winners

Maximum Altitude

First Place: Florida Institute of Technology

Second Place: University of West Florida

Third Place: University of Florida

Closest to 2000 feet

First Place: University of Central Florida

Second Place: Florida Institute of Technology

Third Place: Florida International University

2013-14 Participating Universities

1. University of Central Florida (1 team)

2. University of Florida (1)

3. University of Miami (1)

4. University of West Florida (1)

5. Daytona State College (1)

6. Florida International University (1)

7. Florida Institute of Technology (2)

8. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2)

9. University of South Florida (3)

2012-13 Winners

Maximum Altitude

First Place: University of Central  Florida

Second Place: Florida Institute of Technology

Third Place: University of Florida

Closest to 2000 feet

First Place: Florida Institute of Technology

Second Place: University of Florida

Third Place: University of Central Florida

2012-13 Participating Universities

1. University of Central Florida

2. University of Florida

3. University of Miami

4. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

5. Florida Institute of Technology

2011-12 Winners

Maximum Altitude

First Place: University of Florida

Second Place: Florida Institute of Technology

Third Place: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Closest to 2000 feet

First Place: Florida Institute of Technology

Second Place: University of Florida

Third Place: University of Central Florida

Senior Design Projects and NASA Competitions

2018-19 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS AND NASA COMPETITIONS

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium will be supporting senior design projects (up to $750 for each project), NASA Competition participation (up to $2000) and other competitions for the 2018-19 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
2019 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.

Here is some information about race and ethnicity categories

Race Categories

American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as “Haitian” or “Negro” can be used in addition to “Black or African American”.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Ethnicity Categories

Hispanic or Latino: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, “Spanish origin”, can be used in addition to “Hispanic or Latino”.

Not Hispanic or Latino

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. Support for these projects are solely from the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium. The indirect cost rate for FSGC programs is 5%, except for fellowships, scholarships, and internships.

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:

Jaydeep Mukherjee

NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium

Partnership 1 Building

12354 Research Parkway, Room 218

Orlando, FL, 32826 -0650

Email: jaydeep.mukherjee@ucf.edu

For technical information, please contact Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee at jaydeep.mukherjee@ucf.edu

 

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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

  5. UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE WITH FIRE EXTINGUISHING GRENADE RELEASE AND INSPECTION SYSTEM – 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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