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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 …

Laboratory Astrophysics Studies along the Cosmic Cycle of Gas

September 6th, 2018 – Seminar at FSI at 11am Partnership 1 Room 209   Abstract – Tracing the evolution of baryonic matter from atoms in space to stars and planets hinges on an accurate understanding of the underlying physics controlling the properties of the gas at every step along this pathway.  Here I will focus on …

Arecibo Observatory proves that Einstein was right (again)

Data collected from the William E. Gordon Telescope at the Arecibo Observatory helped researchers confirm the strong equivalence principle of general relativity for heavy objects. An essential concept in Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, the equivalence principle, proposed that all objects accelerate identically in an external gravitational field. Prior to the  results by Archibald, et al. published in Nature , tests of the …

Arecibo Observatory observations of a massive and fast-spinning pulsing star

Imagine being able to see a flea on the surface of Pluto. That’s a good way to describe what the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico helped a group of Canadian researchers do.   The team, led by Robert Main of the University of Toronto, was able to observe unprecedented details of a pulsar 6,500 light years from Earth. …

New Sensor to Detect, Prevent Fire-Causing Gases in Space Craft Developed at UCF

Subith Vasu, an affiliated faculty in UCF’s Florida Space Institute, and his team recently developed and tested LED-based fire sensors for space applications. Their paper is selected as the cover article for the March 2018 issue of New Space journal- an international peer reviewed journal dedicated to commercial space transportation. Other papers in this issue …

Planetary Radar Research at the Arecibo Observatory

FSI Seminar Thursday, May 3 at 11:00 AM at FSI Partnership 1 Room 209   Title: Planetary radar research at the Arecibo Observatory   Speaker:  Anne Virkki   Abstract: Planetary radar is one of the humankind’s strongest ground-based instruments for post-discovery characterization and orbital refinement of near-Earth objects. The radar echo brightness and polarization are suggestive of …

FSI Researcher Receives Prestigious ASCE Award

Philip Metzger, a planetary scientist in UCF’s Florida Space Institute, has won the Outstanding Technical Contribution Award for 2016 from the Aerospace Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The award was presented to Dr. Metzger at a banquet on April 12, 2018, during Earth & Space 2018, the 16th Biennial ASCE International Conference on …

FSI Arecibo Press Conference

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NEWS: UCF-led Consortium to Manage Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico

UCF Office of Research and Commercialization recently announced the agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to operate and manage the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, home of the largest fully operational radio telescope in the world. The agreement solidifies our university as a leader in space-related research and will provide more academic opportunities for …

The Florida Space Institute (FSI) is sponsoring a seminar on Monday February 19, 2018, at 11:00 am in Partnership 1 Room 209

Speaker : Dr. Jesper W Gjerloev   Topic:  How do we advance our understanding of global Earth-Space interactions?   Despite decades of research even the most basic Earth-near space interactions remain to be controversial.  This is due to several complicating factors:  1) the interaction between Earth and near space is global; 2) it is dynamic; 3) …

Call Out For Next Generation SOFIA Science Instrument

February 12, 2018 – CLASS/Seminar at FSI on February, 12 at 10 AM Partnership 1 Building  Room 209   Abstract: The draft call for the Next Generation of SOFIA Science Instruments has been released! This call is an opportunity for theorists, instrument builders, engineers, and physicists to come together to propose the next great scientific observation program …

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