UCF Celebrates World Space Week All October Long

While the United Nations designated a weeklong celebration, space is a lifetime passion at UCF, reflected in its research and on the football field. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | OCTOBER 4, 2021 Today kicks off World Space Week, the largest annual space event that spans the globe. The United Nations designated the week in 1999 to help Read More …

The ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) and its VLBI-based support

Date: Thursday, June 3rd at 11AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Speaker: Leonid Gurvits Title: The ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) and its VLBI-based support Abstract:JUICE – JUpiter ICy moons Explorer – is the first Large Class mission in the ESA’s Cosmic Vision programme. JUICE is due to launch in the middle of 2022. It will arrive Read More …

PELT

About PELT: Plume Ejecta Lunar Tools, PELT, is a visual simulation sponsored by Florida Space Institute (FSI) and developed by teams of Computer Science students from the University of Central Florida. PELT’s goal is to provide accurate predictions of the lunar ejecta caused by spacecraft landings. This ejecta causes erosion on the surface of the Read More …

The James Webb Space Telescope’s First Year of Extraordinary Science Has Been Revealed

“Years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) often finds itself the butt of jokes. From satirical Webcomics to more scathing criticism, the flagship project of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency is an easy target. Yet many would argue that those delays and budget concerns Read More …

2021 Women’s History Month Honorees

Each March, Faculty Excellence honors 31 women for their impact on students and UCF’s campus community. This year, as we continue to charge on during a pandemic, our women faculty have not wavered in their commitments as mentors, role models, friends, researchers and teachers. This blog post will be updated daily during the month of Read More …

FSI Robotics Initiative

Florida Space Institute (FSI) Exploration Robots Introduction The Institutes Robotic Rover initiative grew from a series of observations and the opportunity to apply unique Institute capabilities with NASA and University expertise to provide a unique capability for Education and Research. Observation Student Design Projects in general, and University Design Projects in particular, are increasingly focused Read More …

Fall 2019 Class Seminars

Speaker Title Date & Time Watch AlisonLowndes, NVIDIA Fueling the Artificial Intelligence Revolution with Gaming 9/11/19 11:30a Youtube GarrettSchieber, GeorgiaTech REVEALS research in ISRU: Transport of gases at Lunar conditions and concentrating solar utilization on the Moon 9/25/19 11:30a Youtube David Masten,Masten SpaceSystems Transportation and Development of the Cis-Lunar Economy 10/9/19 11:30a Youtube Kelsi Singer,SwRI Read More …

NASA Funds UCF Research for New Power Systems on Space Missions

UCF will develop a new way of powering and heating spacecrafts when they are far from the sun and solar energy isn’t practical. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | DECEMBER 5, 2019 NASA has turned to UCF to develop a new way of powering and heating spacecraft when they are far from the sun and solar energy isn’t practical. Read More …

UCF Professor Part of Team Awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Award

The award, named after the British science fiction writer and futurist, is one of the most prestigious space-exploration awards in the world. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | NOVEMBER 15, 2019 NASA’s New Horizons Mission Team, which includes UCF physics Professor Dan Britt, Thursday was awarded the 2019 Sir Arthur Clarke Award, one of the most prestigious space-exploration Read More …