The Success of FSI Researchers Featured In UCF’s Office of Research 2020-2021 Annual Report

According to the information written up by Zendaya Gonzalez Kotala, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Communications at UCF, “Florida Space Institute (FSI) had some big wins this past year, especially in the area of post-doctoral success. FSI generated more than $11.8 million in grants, up from $9.1 million in 2019. Several of those Read More …

A Reflection on Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 As It Came To A Close Last Week

For many years, Florida Space Institute (FSI) and Arecibo Observatory (AO) have had a fruitful and longstanding relationship between the organizations and fellow researchers that embodies Hispanic pride and heritage. Noemi Pinilla-Alonso, Associate Researcher in Planetary Science at Florida Space Institute and Deputy Principal Scientist at Arecibo Observatory, talks about the relationship between FSI and Read More …

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 …

Hidalgo delegation from the office of Economic Trade & Tourism Development at the Orange County Government visit FSI office

Last week Thursday, a Hidalgo delegation from the office of Economic Trade & Tourism Development at the Orange County Government, visited the FSI office to learn more about our lab activities relating to CubeSats and to discuss future collaboration on flight projects. They were introduced to the FSI team, visited the lab, and given a Read More …

FSI, UCF, and AO Researchers Honored With Asteroids Bearing Their Names

In a bulletin published on Friday, Working Group on Small Bodies (WGSM) of the IAU announced the researchers who had been honored with asteroids bearing their names, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the field of Planetary Science. The following honorees includes 8 current and 2 former UCF/FSI researchers and 4 colleagues at Arecibo Read More …

Claire Castillo, FSGC’s Communications Coordinator, Graduates With Some Epic Grad Pics

Claire grew up in the Space Coast/Titusville area, and attended Titusville High School before moving to Orlando to study at UCF. In April, she graduated from UCF with a Associate of Science in Nursing and in August, she graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In her spare time, she loves to surf! Claire Read More …

Noemi Pinilla-Alonso is the lead investigator on one project and a co-investigator on two others which will explore trans-Neptunian objects, Pluto and Uranus moons.

BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | MAY 3, 2021 When the James Webb Space Telescope launches later this year, UCF researcher Noemi Pinilla Alonso will be among a select group of scientists worldwide who will have more than 100 hours of observation time awarded to conduct her work. The JWST telescope, which has been described as Read More …

Orlando-area Schoolchildren Send Nearly 100 Letters of Support to Arecibo Observatory

The letters are the latest outpouring of support for the Arecibo Observatory and its telescope, which collapsed in December 2020. BY ROBERT WELLS | MARCH 22, 2021 “Pull yourself up with happyiness (sic). We are with you Arecibo, Come back strong. I’m so sorry it broke. Because it was beautiful.” These are the words of Orlando-area schoolchildren Read More …

UCF Director of Space Medicine Advises Others: Fly High, Reach the Sky!

As part of Women’s History Month, UCF is sharing stories of some of the extraordinary women on campus contributing to science and scholarship. BY ROBERT WELLS | MARCH 22, 2021 From sleeping on her apartment floor as an early career physician to preparing astronauts for spacewalks, Esther Beltran has never given up following her passions. Her advice Read More …

UCF Researcher Aims to Preserve Astronauts’ Muscle Function in Space

BY MEGAN PABIAN Twenty years ago, landing people on Mars seemed like sci-fi, but with commercial spacecraft launching into space almost every month and NASA’s Mars Perseverance landing on the Red Planet last week, sending astronauts to Mars and beyond is actualizing into reality. “When the idea of astronauts actually getting to Mars became realistic, Read More …