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UCF GOLD Project Makes Critical Step on Path to Space

ORLANDO, April 07, 2015 – A contract award to SES Government Solutions puts UCF’s Global-Scale Observations of Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission on track to launch no earlier than Fall, 2017. The award, made by the University of Colorado, a partner in the project, will give the GOLD payload the ride it needs to geostationary …

World’s First Full-Color, Flexible, Skin-like Display Developed at UCF – article in UCF TODAY

“…A team led by Professor Debashis Chanda of UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center and the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) has developed a technique for creating the world’s first full-color, flexible thin-film reflective display… …As detailed in the cover article of the June issue of the journal Nature Communications, Chanda is able to change the …

CLASS Sponsored The Regolith Mechanics Innovation Award at NASA’s Robotics Mining Competition

The Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) sponsored the Regolith Mechanics Innovation Award  at NASA’s Robotics Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center which was held during May 18-22, 2015. The award is for innovation that enhances a robot’s ability to manage the flow of granular material. It could be for innovations in …

NASA’s Small Business Tech TRansfer (STTR) Program Awarded FSI A Phase I Project

UCF/FSI won a Phase 1 project from NASA’s Small business Tech TRansfer (STTR) program. It is titled “The World is Not Enough (WINE): Harvesting Local Resources for Eternal Exploration of Space” and is a collaboration with Honeybee Robotics. Dr. Phil Metzger of UCF will be the Principle Investigator for the project. It will develop CubeSat …

FSI Awarded Phase I Project By NASA’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program

UCF/FSI won a Phase 1 project from NASA’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. It is titled “Task-Specific Simulants for Ground Testing” and is a collaboration with Deep Space Industries (an asteroid mining and manufacturing company) to develop simulated asteroid materials, simulants, for use while testing technologies on the ground. Dr. John Lewis of Deep …

FSI Assistant Director deemed “Real Life Doc Hollywood” by Fox 35 News Channel

Orlando’s local news station, Fox 35, recently did a story on FSI’s Assistant Director, Dr. Josh Colwell. The news story is in regard to Dr. Colwell’s life as not just a scientist but as an actor. Click the following link to watch: http://www.myfoxorlando.com/clip/11431615/real-life-doc-hollywood

Local News Covers UCF Cubesat Launch Involving FSI Assistant Director, Josh Colwell

News Story from Fox 35: http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/28756405/ucf-to-launch-tiny-research-spacecraft-into-earth-orbit   For more information regarding the experiment click the link below: UCF Today: http://today.ucf.edu/ucfs-dove-lands-nasa-grant-study-charging-phenomena-space-vehicles/

Dr. Philip Metzger Of FSI Has Manuscript Published In Acta Geophysica Titled Estimation Of Apollo Lunar Dust Transport Using Optical Extinction Measurements

Dr. Philip Metzger of the Florida Space Institute (FSI) recently had a manuscript accepted for publication in Acta Geophysica titled  Estimation of Apollo lunar dust transport using optical extinction measurements . Together, FSI and Kennedy Space Center developed a new method to analyze the blowing dust in the Apollo lunar landing videos and this calculates that 2.6 tons of soil were blown by the Apollo …

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 …

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