Space Grant “SPHERES Experts Network

The MIT Space Systems Laboratory developed the SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) laboratory environment to provide DARPA, NASA, and other researchers with a long term, replenishable, and upgradable testbed for the validation of high risk metrology, control, and autonomy technologies for use in formation flight and autnomous docking, rendezvous and reconfiguration algorithms

MIT and Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium would like to  create a nationwide network of engineering students who are experts on SPHERES research. To support this a small number of students from different states will be invited  to come to MIT for a week or two this summer to learn about SPHERES and the Zero Robotics program and bring that expertise back to their states in order to encourage high schools to enter the Zero Robotics competition. Selected student will get a $10,000 ($5000 from MIT and $5000 from FSGC) to cover the costs of the 2 week workshop

$10k grant will cover (inclusive)
– Travel costs to MIT crash course
– Materials to support Zero Robotics
– The rest for student educational and research expenses (managed by student)

MIT will provide in addition
– Housing for 2-week “SPHERES Crash Course” (MIT dorm)
– Zero Robotics website and game access
– Tools required for SPHERES research programming
– Guidance to “SPHERES Experts” throughout the year
– Availability of SPHERES hardware at MIT
– Work with NASA to have astronaut time for SPHERES Experts research on ISS

The  Space Grant SPHERES Experts Network 2013 presentation  has more information on the program

All interested students are requested to send an application to Dr. Jeff Hoffman   ( and to Dr. Alvar Saenz-Otero, the SPHERES Project Leader ( by April 15th. They will contact you with more information. Please cc your email to  Application should include Basic personal and school information snd commitment to outreach for Zero Robotics and help during competition.

Please call Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee at 407-823-6177 or email him at if you have any questions

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