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 …

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 …

Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE) Lunar Surface System

Title: Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE) Lunar Surface System Sponsor: NASA Background:  Each year NASA and Partners (exploresim.com) sponsor an international simulation event, where universities design and simulate space exploration systems (rovers, habitats, food production, fuel/power production, flight systems, space stations, logistics and other necessary support systems).  Licensing is provided by vendors and operations work is Read More …

Raytheon Small Sat Cyber Security Suite

Title: Raytheon Small Sat Cyber Security Suite Sponsor: Raytheon Background:  Small Satellites, cube sat size, maybe larger, often rely on small on board computers and associated systems.  These lower power systems, while appropriate for managing these systems, lack the overall capabilities of most terrestrial systems.  This leaves may systems flying with minimal, or even non-existent, Read More …

Falcon VTG Motor

(Mechanical – Electrical – Computer Science) Title: Falcon VTG Motor – A next generation electric motor Sponsor: Falcon Power Background:  Electric motor or generator configuration is predominantly determined at assembly when both the stator and the rotor elements are set.  It may be used outside intended parameters, but with a significant loss of efficiency. The Read More …

Snow Badger

Title: Snow Badger – Autonomous Trenching Prospector Sponsor: SSERVI Background:  Lunar and Martian Exploration demand the use of planetary resources for success.  There is simply no way to ship all that is needed from the Earth. Acquisition of those resources requires, first and foremost, the knowledge of where those resources are located.  Remote sensing options Read More …