UCF Postdoctoral Researcher Detects Satellite Orbiting a Small Body in Solar System

The technique used to detect the satellite could help identify more objects, which could potentially help broaden our understanding of our solar system. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | DECEMBER 11, 2019 https://www.ucf.edu/news/ucf-postdoctoral-researcher-detects-hunts-of-satellite-orbiting-dwarf-planet/ A University of Central Florida postdoctoral scholar has detected hints of a satellite orbiting an object beyond Neptune. Estela Fernandez-Valenzuela, a postdoctoral research associate at Read More …

FSI Team Awarded Solar System Workings Grant by NASA

Dr. Julie Brisset, research scientist at the Florida Space Institute, was awarded a Solar System Workings grant by NASA to study a potential formation scenario for rings around outer Solar System objects. Outside of the inner solar system, beyond Neptune, there are bodies called transneptunian objects that contain ices; their composition is different from asteroids Read More …

NASA Funds UCF Research for New Power Systems on Space Missions

UCF will develop a new way of powering and heating spacecrafts when they are far from the sun and solar energy isn’t practical. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | DECEMBER 5, 2019 NASA has turned to UCF to develop a new way of powering and heating spacecraft when they are far from the sun and solar energy isn’t practical. Read More …

Interview with Ana Carolina de Souza Feliciano: an Astronomy PhD student at Observatório Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ana Carolina de Souza Feliciano is an international student from Brazil. She is collaborating with Dr. Noemí Pinilla-Alonso on the study of small Solar System bodies from an observational perspective at FSI. Anshare Antoine, Interviewer: What are you studying? Ana Carolina de Souza Feliciano, Interviewee: I am studying Small Solar System bodies from an observational Read More …

Arecibo Observatory to Offer New Opportunities for Visiting Scientists

$1.5 million grant to help launch new programs, including guaranteed telescope time for selected participants. BY ZENAIDA KOTALA | NOVEMBER 14, 2019 The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will launch a new series of programs to host junior and senior scientists at the observatory to boost the transfer of science knowledge and train the next generations of Read More …

UCF Professor Part of Team Awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Award

The award, named after the British science fiction writer and futurist, is one of the most prestigious space-exploration awards in the world. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | NOVEMBER 15, 2019 NASA’s New Horizons Mission Team, which includes UCF physics Professor Dan Britt, Thursday was awarded the 2019 Sir Arthur Clarke Award, one of the most prestigious space-exploration Read More …

UCF’s James Webb Space Telescope proposal led by FSI’s postdoctoral researcher, Estela Fernández-Valenzuela, was accepted!

UCF’s proposal to “become a resource for researchers in Florida, Puerto Rico and Latin America seeking an opportunity to use the new James Webb Space Telescope to be launched by NASA,” led by FSI’s postdoctoral researcher, Estela Fernández-Valenzuela, was accepted by the Space Telescope Sciences Institute (STScI). FSI scientist, Noemi Pinilla-Alonso, and physics graduate student, Read More …

Interview with Hadarou Sare: PhD student in Aerospace, Astronautical, and Aeronautical Engineering at University at Buffalo.

After his seminar presentation on “Space Objects Detection Satellite” at FSI, we asked Hadarou a few questions about his earliest motivation for pursuing space research and what he is working on now. Here is what he shared with us: Anshare (Technical Writer, Interviewer): Why did you decide to study planetary science? Hadarou (Interviewee): When I Read More …

Interview with Clarissa Casagrande

Our technical writer had the pleasure of interviewing Clarissa Casagrande, FSI’s Mechanical Engineering and Energy in Aeronautics Intern, at the end of her five-week internship. Here is what Clarissa had to say about her time at FSI. Anshare (Technical Writer, Interviewer): What motivated you to study mechanical engineering and energy in aeronautics? Clarissa Casagrande (Mechanical Read More …

Preliminary Design of a Cooling Loop for a Suborbital Payload Seminar

The Florida Space Institute (FSI) is sponsoring a seminar on Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at FSI Partnership 1 building, Room 209. TOPIC: “Preliminary Design of a Cooling Loop for a Suborbital Payload” SPEAKER: Clarissa Casagrande BIO: Clarissa Casagrande is a MSc student in Mechanical Engineering Energy and Aeronautics at the University of Read More …