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“UCF Professors Land NASA Grants Focused on Asteroids, Comets, Venus” – Article in UCF TODAY

October 2015 “Two UCF professors are involved in two spacecraft missions NASA is considering that could take flight as early as 2020. Five proposed space missions would study Venus, near-Earth objects and a variety of asteroids and comets. Each mission team will receive $3 million and have a year to get their proposals ready for …

FSI Associate in Planetary Science Research, Dr. Phil Metzger, Awarded $75K Grant

October 2015 – Phil Metzger received a $75,000 grant through CLASS to support the Resource Prospector Mission. The mission is led by the NASA Ames Research Center and will land a rover near the South Pole of the Moon to characterize subsurface hydrogen deposits. Dr. Metzger will perform laboratory experiments to understand the relationship between …

Publication In The Astrophysical Journal by FSI Assistant Scientist, Dr. Ashley Espy-Kehoe et al.

October 2015 – FSI Assistant Scientist Dr. Ashley Espy-Kehoe along with FSI Associate Scientist Dr. Thomas Kehoe , FSI Assistant Director Dr. Josh Colwell and Dr. S. Dermott recently had an article published in The Astrophysical Journal titled SIGNATURES OF RECENT ASTEROID DISRUPTIONS IN THE FORMATION AND EVOLUTION OF SOLAR SYSTEM DUST BANDS . Direct web address of the article: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0004-637X/811/1/66/meta#references . Related Links: http://arxiv.org/abs/1510.00615

FSI Supports Successful Cubesat To Study Planet Formation Through The Q-PACE Project Recently Selected By NASA

“UCF was one of only two universities selected to prepare an experiment for a miniaturized satellite mission as part of NASA’s Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx) program . Twenty-two projects were reviewed and only two were selected for flight, including UCF’s Q-PACE project. The project is a milestone for UCF. It is the first time the university has been selected to design, …

FSI Associate Provides Public Outreach Regarding Planetary Science

July 2015 – Dr. Gal Sarid , FSI Associate in Planetary Science, participated in two public events where he spoke about planetary science matters. On July 11th, 3 days prior to the New Horizons Pluto system encounter and flyby, Gal gave a talk and informal Q&A about the Pluto system and the New Horizons mission at the Orlando …

World’s First Full-Color, Flexible, Skin-like Display Developed at UCF – Article In UCF TODAY

“…A team led by Professor Debashis Chanda of UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center and the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) has developed a technique for creating the world’s first full-color, flexible thin-film reflective display… …As detailed in the cover article of the June issue of the journal Nature Communications, Chanda is able to change the …

CLASS Sponsored The Regolith Mechanics Innovation Award at NASA’s Robotics Mining Competition

The Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) sponsored the Regolith Mechanics Innovation Award  at NASA’s Robotics Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center which was held during May 18-22, 2015. The award is for innovation that enhances a robot’s ability to manage the flow of granular material. It could be for innovations in …

NASA’s Small Business Tech TRansfer (STTR) Program Awarded FSI A Phase I Project

UCF/FSI won a Phase 1 project from NASA’s Small business Tech TRansfer (STTR) program. It is titled “The World is Not Enough (WINE): Harvesting Local Resources for Eternal Exploration of Space” and is a collaboration with Honeybee Robotics. Dr. Phil Metzger of UCF will be the Principle Investigator for the project. It will develop CubeSat …

FSI Awarded Phase I Project By NASA’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program

UCF/FSI won a Phase 1 project from NASA’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. It is titled “Task-Specific Simulants for Ground Testing” and is a collaboration with Deep Space Industries (an asteroid mining and manufacturing company) to develop simulated asteroid materials, simulants, for use while testing technologies on the ground. Dr. John Lewis of Deep …

FSI Assistant Director deemed “Real Life Doc Hollywood” by Fox 35 News Channel

Orlando’s local news station, Fox 35, recently did a story on FSI’s Assistant Director, Dr. Josh Colwell. The news story is in regard to Dr. Colwell’s life as not just a scientist but as an actor. Click the following link to watch: http://www.myfoxorlando.com/clip/11431615/real-life-doc-hollywood

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