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Analyzing the Risks of Space Radiation – FSGC Sponsored research at FIT

Analyzing the Risks of Space Radiation

As space tourism inches toward reality, and with a push for humans to reach Mars by 2030, health concerns for this growing number of would-be astronauts are increasingly relevant.

Florida Tech College of Engineering and Science professors Kenia Pedrosa Nunes and Kunal Mitra are investigating the effect of space radiation on the human cardiovascular system. The research is funded by one-year, $50,000 grant from the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium.

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Florida Poly students identify new way to create oxygen in space

Florida Poly students identify new way to create oxygen in space

 Florida Politics

Florida Polytechnic University researchers are working on a breakthrough technology that could simplify the way oxygen is created for such travel. 

Student researchers and faculty are exploring ways to use algae to capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. The technology would simplify the current process and make it less costly.

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium-funded research uses diatoms — a form of algae invisible to the naked eye — to increase efficiency in solar cells to produce oxygen from carbon dioxide.

Currently astronauts use separate systems: One to capture the carbon and the other to produce oxygen.  


Novel Materials for Building on Mars- FSGC funded project

Novel Materials for Building on Mars – Univ. of Miami, College of Engineering.

Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, has been the subject of fiction, scientific research and engineering since the 1800s. It is the most accessible place for life other than on Earth, making it a scientifically interesting location in our solar system. Emerging technologies to provide safe habitats for manned missions to Mars have been identified as a priority by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Research in this field has become even more significant since Congress passed a bill directing NASA to send a manned mission to Mars by 2033.


For Spacesuit Designers, 3-D Beats 2-D – FSGC funded project (AirSpace Magazine)

For Spacesuit Designers, 3-D Beats 2-D

Motion capture software may help engineers improve outerwear for astronauts.

No astronaut would dare venture out into the vacuum of space without the protection of a spacesuit. But that’s not to say the bulky garments are comfortable, or that they don’t create problems of their own.

 In fact, astronauts wearing spacesuits often find that their range of motion decreases by several degrees during spacewalks. And in a moment of crisis during a future mission to Mars, that could prove to be a critical design flaw.


Rocket rumbles give volcanic insights – FSGC funded project (BBC News)


Rocket rumbles give volcanic insights

What do volcanoes and rockets have in common?

“Volcanoes have a nozzle aimed at the sky, and rockets have a nozzle aimed at the ground,” explains Steve McNutt, a geosciences professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

It explains why he and colleague Dr Glenn Thompson have installed the tools normally used to study eruptions at the famous Kennedy Space Center.

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