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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. 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 …

OSIRIS-REx Launch – September 8, 2016

September 13, 2016 The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft lifted off from Florida’s Space Coast as planned on the evening of the 8th of September. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket took off and rose into a clear blue sky, leaving white trails behind it. The spacecraft is now headed to the asteroid Bennu, where it will explore …

A Milestone For GOLD Project – GOLD Successfully Passed The Pre Environmental Review

June 2016: “GOLD successfully passed the Pre Environmental Review. As you know this is a milestone review for the mission, where the team presents a complete and comprehensive presentation of the plans for environmental testing before delivery later this year for integration onto the spacecraft.” http://www.gold-mission.org/   Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD)  

The Florida Space Institute And The Center For Lunar And Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) Participated In NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition

June 2016: The Florida Space Institute and the Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) participated in NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center, May 16-20, 2016.  Philip Metzger of FSI was a regolith judge in the arena, evaluating performance of the mining robots. Lessons learned from the performance of the robots is …

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