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2020-21 Student Club Projects

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium will be supporting student club projects (up to $750 for each project).

Request for funding for student club projects 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.

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 is 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 10%, 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. 

Please email 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 Competitions supported in 2019-20

Senior Design

Earth-Based Gravity Machine (3 teams) – UCF

Robinson Observatory Restoration Project – UCF

SAE Aero Design -FSU

3D Printed Aircraft – FSU

Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) Drones – FAU

Mars Surface Stay Simulator – FAU

Triple Function Aerodynamic Actuation System (TFAAS) – UCF

Competitions

Robotic Mining Competition – FIT

NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge – FSU

NASA SUITS Design Challenge – ERAU

International Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) – UCF

NASA Micro-g NExT – ERAU

4th Annual Spaceport America Cup – Miami


Senior Design Projects and NASA Competitions supported in 2018-19

Senior Design

High Altitude /Mach Rocket Nosecone – Florida Institute of Technology

University Student Launch Initiative – Florida State University

SAE Aero Design and 3D Printed Aircraft – Florida State University

Competitions

Robotic Mining Competition (ERAU, FSU, and FIT)

International Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) – UCF

NASA Micro-g NExT 2019 Challenge – ERAU

Rock On – FIT


Senior Design Projects and NASA Competitions supported in 2017-18

Senior Design

UAV-based Defective Solar Panels Detection and Maintenance – FIU (Dr. Nezih Pala)

Hybrid Rocket Motor – UCF (Dr. Ahmet Ozbay)

Compact pressure sensing device for measuring Multi-Layer Insulation interstitial vacuum – FSU (Dr. Wei Guo)

Tesla pump technology for use with in tank propellant mixing and transfer – FSU (Dr. Lance Cooley)

Competitions

ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge– FSU (Mr. Keith Larson)

NASA University Student Launch Initiative – FSU (Dr. Rajan Kumar)

RoboBoat Competition– FSU (Dr. Johnathan Clark)

Development of an Autonomous Search and Rescue Unmanned Aerial Vehicle– FSU (Dr. Chiang Shih)

Micro-G NExT Reduced Gravity Experiment in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston– ERAU (Dr. Sathya Gangadharan)

Parabolic Flight Experiment – Development of a Revolutionary Approach for Efficient Microgravity Transfer Line Chilldown – UF (Dr. Jacob Chung)

Robotic Mining:

Design and Development of a Legged Mining Robot for Mars – ERAU (Dr. Eric Coyle)

Regolith Gathering Lander – FIT (Dr. Kimberly Demoret)

Ospery Miners – UNF (Dr. Stephen Stagon)


Senior Design Projects and NASA Competitions supported in 2016-17

Senior Design

Cubesat Inflatable Heat Shield – FIT

Space Debris Removal Thruster System – FIT

Biomanufacturing for Space Flight and Robotic Exoskeleton Project – FIT

UAV-based Agricultural Monitoring and Data Acquisition System – FIU

Competitions

NASA Robotic Mining Competition – FSU, FIT, and UNF

Intercollegiate Rocket Competition – FSU

NASA University Student Launch Initiative – FIU

UAV Challenge Medical Express 2017 Competition – Miami

International Engineering Rocketry Competition – Miami

Rockon Workshop – Florida Polytech

Human Rover Challenge – Florida Polytech


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

Blue Origin Student Payload Opportunity

 

2018-19 FSGC Blue Origin Student Payload Opportunity (BOSPO)

Sponsored by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) 

 

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (NASA FSGC), in collaboration with the  Florida Space Institute (FSI), is releasing this FSGC  Blue Origin Student Payload Opportunity (BOSPO) to solicit proposals from FSGC affiliated Florida universities to develop a student-led Project Team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a suborbital reusable launch vehicle (Blue Origin).

The cost cap for an investigation awarded by FSGC is $1K. The launch cost for the Blue Origin payload will be covered by FSGC. Funding by FSGC may be supplemented with contributions by the implementing institution (no limit). The selected projects must be launch-ready within 8 months of project initiation.

 

FSGC expects to select 3 projects for implementation, subject to available funding. The launch/flight services are provided by FSGC at no cost to the project

The two goals of this  BOSPO are:

KSC Senior Design Projects

2020-21 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER

First Step proposal due by September 11, 2020

US Citizens only

Description/Instructions

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) intends to solicit University Senior Design teams (US citizens only) to study and provide solutions to NASA aerospace problems and projects.

There are many accredited colleges of engineering in Florida and all are required to teach a Senior Design capstone course each year.  Professors teaching/administering these courses can find suitable topics/projects which lend themselves to completion in either one semester (15 weeks) or two (30 weeks).

Because the U.S. Space Program is challenging and inspiring to college students, NASA projects, such as those listed, could be appealing to professors operating Senior Design classes.

KSC researchers are eager to have teams of advanced students (seniors and US citizens) apply their skills/knowledge to develop solutions to NASA’s aerospace problems.  Using NASA projects as the subject of Senior Design studies has been piloted at Kennedy, with excellent results.

This is a 2-step process

1. First Step

Submission of the proposal using a template provided below.

The projects listed below have been proposed by KSC engineers and scientists and are available to Florida colleges and universities. However, only US citizens are eligible to participate in the senior design project. To choose one of the listed projects and to qualify for NASA funding, your team and faculty advisor must first complete a one/two-page proposal using the template (see below)  and send it to: Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee, Director of the Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) at jaydeep.mukherjee@ucf.edu by September 111, 2020.       

2020-21_KSC_Senior_Design_Projects_proposal_template

Senior Design Topics – 2020-2021

First Step proposal due by September 11, 2020

NASA KSC intends to review proposals as they are received.

Awards and regrets will be announced by September 25, 2019.

2. Second Step

After evaluation, those proposals chosen for funding will be notified.  FSGC will contribute $1000 to a chosen Senior Design team (one semester project) and $2000 to a team chosen for the two semester option.  Teams are expected to make three trips to KSC (Minimum of one trip is required). One at the beginning of the semester, one in the middle, and one at the end. The funds should be used for the travel of the teams to KSC and/or to build a prototype. The final deliverable would be a written project report for a one semester effort, and a final report plus a prototype/model for a two semester course.  Several Senior Design teams will be selected each year, depending on funding/budget approval.

Weekly telecons between NASA Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)/Mentors and Senior Design teams will provide progress information on each effort, and address questions from the teams on concepts, design constraints, modifications, etc.

Development of NASA’s future workforce is our motive for engaging young professionals (college students) in aerospace projects.

Selected teams will the  have to submit a proposal by October 16, 2020 to Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee, Director of the Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) at jaydeep.mukherjee@ucf.edu .

The proposal package for the 2nd step should include

  1. student project proposal cover page sheet (both pages)
  2. Proposal (2020-21_KSC_Senior_Design_Projects_description_proposal_template_projects_listing)- Include the proposal that was submitted in the first step.
  3. How the award funds will be spent (Not to exceed $1000 for 1 semester project and not to exceed $2000 for 2 semester project)
  4. 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 Co-operative Education Grant from NASA, 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 10%, except for fellowships, scholarships, and internships.

Please email or mail your signed proposal to (prefer email):

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

 

Space Trek Academy

Space Trek Academy

Sponsored by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium

Hosted by Atlantis Educational Services

March 9-12, 2020 and March 16-19, 2020

Center for Space Education

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Atlantis Educational Services will be hosting two,  Four- day academies called the Space Trek Academy at the Center for Space Education (CSE), Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC). The first Academy will be held from March 9-12, 2020 and the second one from March 16-19, 2020. The Academy is sponsored wholly by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium. This Academy is open to all undergraduate and graduate students students enrolled in a university or college in Florida.

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. 

After the balloon launch on March 12th and March 19th, 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:

 

                                                     Space Trek Academy Form

 

                     First Space Trek Academy (March 9 – 12, 2019)

                                First Skype Session: January 14, 2019 from 11am to 12:30pm EST

                                Second Skype Session: Feburary 19, 2019 from 11am to 12:30pm EST

                     Second Space Trek Academy (March 16 – 19, 2019)

                               First Skype Session: January 15, 2019 from 11am to 12:30pm EST

                               Second Skype Session: Feburary 20, 2019 from 11am to 12:30pm EST

                                 First Academy: March 9 at 9am

                                 Second Academy: March 16 at 9am

 

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

 

NASA Olympionics

NASA Olympionics

The NASA Olympionics program will recruit students from Florida Community Colleges and engage them in a STEM Education program focused on simplified versions of NASA’s traditional challenges/projects targeted at four year universities.  The program will culminate in students traveling to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to participate in an “Olympic” style event, in which they will compete on teams in three different technical challenges.  Students who are accepted and who complete the program will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship.  They, along with other community college students, will also be invited to participate in a NASA Virtual Opportunity Fair.  The fair shall be held online and provide students with the ability to meet one-on-one via webcam with representatives from universities and colleges, as well as NASA Centers and STEM industry employers regarding internships.

The selected shools are:

1. Florida Keys Community College

2. Hillsborough Community College

3. North Florida Community College

Ten students will be selected from each of the three schools, each year, through a competitive application process .  The ten students will be divided into two different teams at the school. This will result in six teams traveling to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to compete in the Olympionics.  A total of 60 students will be served over the two year period of this program.

The overarching concept of Olympionics is to create a pipeline to matriculate students from two-year community colleges into STEM majors at four year universities.  This will be accomplished by (a) involving these students in simplified versions of NASA challenges/projects so that they are aware, inspired by, and are better prepared to compete in the full versions at four year universities, (b) using virtual technology to connect students with STEM programs at universities and four-year colleges who participate in these challenges, and (c) using virtual technology to connect students to internship opportunities at NASA and space industry contractors that are involved in the research and development of the technologies associated with these challenges.

For more information on the program, please go to www.nasaolympionics.com

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