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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 …

“UCF Physics Professor Named to NASA Mission, Lands Grant for Space Mining” – Article In UCF TODAY

April 2016 “UCF physics professor Dan Britt has been named to the New Horizons  mission team as the spacecraft heads to the Kuiper Belt. He’s also just landed a grant to help create fake asteroid material, which will help NASA and private companies prepare the technology needed to mine asteroids and eventually other planets. “It’s been a …

New Publication By FSI Associate In Planetary Science Research Gal Sarid, et al., Titled: Erosive Hit-and-Run Impact Events: Debris Unbound

April 2016: Title: Erosive Hit-and-Run Impact Events: Debris Unbound Authors: Sarid, Stewart & Leinhardt Full details and links to text sources: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016IAUS..318….9S

FSI Assistant Director’s Experiment Successfully Launched Into Suborbital Space Aboard Blue Origin’s Rocket

April 2, 2016: “Yes! Followed by a high five. That was University of Central Florida Physics Professor Joshua Colwell’s reaction as he watched the successful launch into suborbital space of his experiment aboard Blue Origin’s (https://www.blueorigin.com/) New Shepard space vehicle. “We have been waiting for this day for a long time,” Colwell said. “A lot …

FSI In Collaboration With Honeybee Robotics Has Demonstrated The Feasibility Of A System To Refuel Small Spacecraft

April 2016: The Florida Space Institute in collaboration with Honeybee Robotics has demonstrated the feasibility of a system to refuel small spacecraft (such as Cubesats) during their missions while exploring icy worlds or certain types of asteroids. The system extracts water from the local environment and immediately uses it as rocket propellant to hop to …

FSI Assistant Director Interviewed On WUCF (PBS) For A Story Regarding CubeSats

January 28, 2016 – Assistant Director of FSI, Dr. Joshua Colwell, and Assistant Professor of Physics, Dr. Adrienne Dove, were recently interviewed on WUCF, a PBS television station in Central Florida, for a story regarding CubeSats. To watch the interview or the full story click the links below. https://youtu.be/y5QEhk8_bGA – YouTube link for just the story …

FSI Associate Scientist, Dr. Noemí Pinilla-Alonso, Awarded Funds From NASA Relative To The Spitzer Space Telescope

January 2016: In December of 2015 NASA awarded Dr. Pinilla-Alonso funds through two observing programs of the Spitzer Space Telescope. She has observing time on three of them during 2016. The programs are, “Rotationally Resolved Study Of The Surface Of Pluto: seasonal/secular variations” (PI: Dr. Pinilla-Alonso), “Study of the Surface Heterogeneity of icy dwarf-planets and …

FSI Associate in Planetary Science Research Dr. Phil Metzger Has Joined The RegoLight Project – The Goal Is To Develop Technology To 3D-Print Entire Buildings On The Moon

December 2015: Dr. Phil Metzger has joined the RegoLight project at the Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR, the German Aerospace Center) on the advisory panel. He gave a keynote lecture at the project kickoff in Cologne. This project is part of the European Union’s Habitat 2020 program and aims to develop technology to …

FSI Assistant Director Dr. Josh Colwell Wins Mulitple NASA Awards

December 2015: “…UCF physics Professor Joshua Colwell and UCF physics post-doctoral associate Julie Brissel have won two of nine new NASA grants awarded this week to send eight experiments up on sub-orbital flights. In their separate experiments, Brissel and Colwell will be researching what happens to dust particles in micro-gravity. Brissel will be looking for …

FSI Chief Scientist Dr. Alan Stern Presenting At Special Science Café Featuring Images From The Closest Ever Encounter Of Pluto

December 10, 2015: Dr. Alan Stern Chief Scientific Officer Florida Space Institute Location:  College of Sciences Bldg. Room 101 Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015 6:30 p.m. networking, drinks and appetizers with talk beginning at 7:00 p.m. Summary: Dr. Alan Stern, the chief scientific officer of the Florida Space Institute, will present his first-hand experience as the principal investigator for NASA’s historic New Horizons mission to …

“UCF Celebrates Science and Research at Annual Millionaires Event” – Article in UCF TODAY

November 18, 2015: …”Twenty-nine researchers earned $1 million or more earning a bid into UCF’s Millionaires Club, which hosted the celebration earlier this month… The winners are: Richard Eastes, $12.68 million, Florida Space Institute Lynn Hansen, $9.99 million, Student Development and Enrollment Services Thomas O’Neal, $5.6 million, Office of Research and Commercialization Zenghu Chang, $4.88 …

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