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Submit Questions For The March 25th CLASS Seminar RE: HI-SEAS Mission 3

For our upcoming seminar on March 25th, we will have a participant of the Hi-SEAS mission, a project to simulate the effects of long duration space flight on humans. As part of this study, 6 participants are living in a dome in Hawaii for 8 months (starting October 2014), completely cut off from the outside …

FSI-Sponsored Payload Scheduled For High Altitude Balloon Flight In March 2015

The Planetary Atmospheres Minor Species Sensor (PAMSS) is an ultra-trace gas sensor. It is based on the principle of infrared intracavity laser absorption spectroscopy and was designed to use an infrared quantum cascade laser (QCL). PAMMS is a compact system that samples locally while achieving effective optical path lengths of hundreds of kilometers for detection …

UCF’s Experiment On The ISS, “NanoRocks,” Is Producing Results

“The University of Central Florida’s experiment NanoRocks, currently on board the International Space Station, is producing promising results. The experiment studying solar system formation was taken to the space station through a NanoRacks partnership with Space Florida’s International Space Station Research Competition. NanoRocks is one of seven competition winners to be flown to low-earth orbit …

FSI Scientist Interviewed For The White House’s Website

An FSI scientist, Dr. Philip Metzger, was interviewed for the White House’s website about starting space industry. Click here to read the article.

Joshua Colwell, Assistant Director of FSI, Leads Experiment That Will Fly On Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two

“A UCF experiment and a 3-D printer for space developed by a UCF graduate will fly on the first NASA-funded commercial research flight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. NASA and Virgin Galactic   announced Tuesday that 12 university experiments, two industry-developed technologies and two NASA projects were selected for the mission. Joshua Colwell, a UCF physics professor and …

Monday, January 27: Seminar Given By Peter Brown, Western University

On Monday, January 27, 2014, a public talk was given by Peter Brown of Western University at the UCF Student Union. The title of Dr. Brown’s talk was The Impact Hazard From Small Asteroids: Lessons From The Chelyabinsk Airburst One Year Later. Below is the abstract and a link to view pictures of the event. …

April 2013: Gold Project Awarded $55 Million Grant Making UCF The First University in Florida to Lead a NASA Satellite Mission

Dr. Richard Eastes , a Researcher here at FSI, is the Principal Investigator for the  GOLD project which was recently awarded a $55 million grant from NASA. This grant will make UCF the first university in Florida to lead a satellite mission for NASA. The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission will help scientists better understand weather in space and how it impacts the …

November 2013: FSI’s Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee Inducted Into UCF’s Millionaire’s Club

Congratulations to FSI’s Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee as he was recently inducted into UCF’s Millionaire’s Club. Dr. Mukherjee received $1.3 million in external funding during the last fiscal year. To read more click here .

November 2013: NASA Awards $6 million Grant to UCF

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Britt, of UCF’s Physics Department, as his Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (referred to as CLASS) was selected to be part of the new Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute ( SSERVI ) by NASA this week. CLASS brings together the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to address the difficult scientific and technical …

October 2013: UCF / FSI Attends Division For Planetary Sciences Meeting

UCF is breaking a record this week with 22 people presenting at one of the most important planetary sciences conferences in the nation. The annual Division for Planetary Sciences meeting kicked off in Denver on Saturday drawing thousands of scientists from around the world who study the solar system and its early formation. DPS is …

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