Blue Origin Launch Marks UCF’s Fourth Flight into Space This Year

UCF research continues to fly into space at a pace that is keeping with the university’s reputation as a leader in space technology and planetary science. BY ROBERT WELLS | MAY 2, 2019 The successful flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket this morning from west Texas carried multiple research payloads, including one from the UCF. It Read More …

UCF Marks 1st Year at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico

Facility’s staff has helped international scientists do their work in planetary science, space and atmospheric science, and radio astronomy. BY ZENAIDA KOTALA | APRIL 5, 2019 UCF celebrates its first anniversary this month of operating the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The observatory is the first national research center that UCF has led. It is home to Read More …

Asteroid Bennu Gives NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Team Lots of Surprises

UCF Physics Professor Humberto Campins is part of the team studying Bennu, which may contain the molecular precursors to the origin of life and the Earth’s oceans. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | MARCH 19, 2019 Sometimes the unexpected is more exciting than finding exactly what you thought you’d find, and this is indeed the case for the Read More …

Scientists Gather to Discuss Future Objectives of Arecibo Observatory

Chair of UCF’s physics department part of discussion about how to best harness the power of the observatory for future space-related research. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA The Arecibo Observatory and its researchers hosted scientists from around the world this week to discuss the future of research at the Puerto Rican facility under UCF management. Planetary Read More …

“Pluto – Never Forget”: FSI-led work tops UCF research findings of 2018

Pluto was demoted from a planet in 2006 according to the definition of a planet set by the International Astronomical Union, after discussion and voting from astronomers and planetary scientists from all over the world. However, the controversy of this move is far from over. FSI’s Philip Metzger is challenging the reclassification, with a literature Read More …

The FSI Senior Design Program: Connecting UCF students with space research

With the Florida Space Institute (FSI) Senior Design Program, UCF students have an opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary teams to tackle real problems in space research. The program kicked off early in 2018 with three goals:   Match NASA Kennedy Space Center project opportunities with UCF Senior Design Faculty and Student Teams Create unique, NASA-mentored, Read More …

FSI Associate Scientist Awarded NASA Grant

Dr. Julie Brisset, an Associate Scientist at the Florida Space Institute, was recently awarded a NASA grant to study man-made dust clouds in microgravity.  The Dust In-Situ Manipulation System (DIMS) is a platform that can conduct controlled experiments on dust grains; ultimately providing insight on how dust grain material properties, sizes, and shapes affect how Read More …