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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 …

Dr. Esther Beltran of FSI To Serve As Deputy Director And Scientist For New NASA SSERVI Award “REVEALS”

April 2017 A new NASA-SSERVI award has come to Florida Space Institute-University of Central Florida. The new node is called REVEALS (Radiation Effects on Volatiles and Exploration of Asteroids and Lunar Surfaces). Solar System Exploration Virtual Research Institute (SSERVI) is a NASA program dedicated to Exploration of Solar System, initiative out of NASA-Ames, California. For …

FSI Associate Scientist, Noemí Pinilla-Alonso, Guest Speaker At “The Hunt For Alien Habitable Planets” Symposium in San Juan, PR

March 2017: Website as translated to English: SYMPOSIUM: “THE HUNT FOR ALIEN HABITABLE PLANETS” SAN JUAN, PR Date: Friday, March 17 2017 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Location: Anfieteatro # 4 General Studies Building On behalf of the Society of Physics Students and the Department of Physics of the University of Puerto Rico, Río …

FSI Affiliated Faculty Member, Adrienne Dove, Featured in UCF’s Center for Success of Women Faculty

March 2017 Addie Dove Assistant Professor, Physics Department, College of Sciences 2017 Women’s History Month What is your current job title and responsibilities? Assistant Professor, Physics Dept (Planetary Science group), COS Responsibilities: teaching, research, mentoring, department service. What is your history at UCF and before UCF? I’ve been at UCF since June 2012 – I came …

Dr. Dan Britt, FSI Principal Investigator On the CLASS Project, Is Co-Investigator On The Newly Selected NASA Mission “Lucy”

January 2016 “NASA has selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system – a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun. The missions, known as Lucy and Psyche , were chosen from five finalists and will proceed to …

New Publication On Space Resources By FSI Researcher Phil Metzger

January 2016 Dr. Phil Metzger has published a new article in the Space Policy journal. The article, “Space development and space science together, an historic opportunity,” discusses how investment in space industry using space resources will produce greater scientific returns than our current approach to space exploration, and it will help solve global challenges in …

A Research Proposal To Study An Activated Asteroid, Directed By FSI Research Scientist Noemí Pinilla-Alonso, Recently Awarded By AURA

December 2016 Noemí Pinilla-Alonso, Research Scientist at FSI, is the director of a research proposal recently awarded by AURA. The funded study “WFC3 imaging of active asteroid P/2016 G1” is linked to an observing proposal granted time by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The funded research is aimed to study an active main belt asteroid, …

FSI Assistant Scientist, Dr. Subith Vasu: Leading 17 Member Team To Prove LED Technology Can Detect Gas Leaks On Spacecraft

December 2016 “A UCF research group is working to pioneer the detection of dangerous gases and leaks on spacecraft using low-cost LEDs. Led by Engineering Assistant Professor Subith Vasu, his 17-member team is working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation to prove the light-emitting diode technology is able …

Dr. Noemí Pinilla-Alonso, FSI Associate Scientist: Severo Ochoa Guest Researcher at The Instituto De Astrofísica De Canarias

November 2016 Noemí Pinilla-Alonso, a researcher from the Florida Space Institute, has spent some weeks at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain ( IAC ), formally invited for a short-term stay through the prestigious Severo Ochoa Program of Excellence. The Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence Accreditation is awarded through a competitive process by the Government of Spain to recognize, reward and …

New Publication by, FSI Associate in Planetary Science Research, Dr. Gal Sarid

November 2016 “ CO in distantly active comets “ written by Dr. Gal Sarid  et al. has been accepted for publication in Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP).  

FSI Research Scientist, Gal Sarid, Awarded NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Grant

October 2016 Gal Sarid, Research Scientist at FSI, is a Co-Investigator on a recently-awarded NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Grant. The funded study (“Carbon monoxide in comets”) is lead by University of South Florida’s research professor Maria Womack and will run for 3 years, supporting a PhD thesis on the subject and collaborative work on …

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