CubeSats

Dust growth experiments date back to the late 90s where the hit-and-stick behavior of µm-sized grains demonstrated a possible mechanism for grain growth inside the PPD. Later experiments on larger grains have shown that, at the relative velocities expected in the PPD, sticking upon collisions yields to bouncing and fragmentation. Figure 1 shows a dust Read More …

Experimental Hardware – Flight

As part of a series of microgravity experiments to investigate the transitions between sticking, bouncing and fragmentation of colliding dust aggregates, the Suborbital Particle and Aggregation Experiment-2 (SPACE-2) is scheduled to fly on the Exos Aerospace SARGE vehicle in early 2018, gathering more dust collision data as well as testing components for an upcoming CubeSat Read More …

FSI Robotics Initiative

Florida Space Institute (FSI) Exploration Robots Introduction The Institutes Robotic Rover initiative grew from a series of observations and the opportunity to apply unique Institute capabilities with NASA and University expertise to provide a unique capability for Education and Research. Observation Student Design Projects in general, and University Design Projects in particular, are increasingly focused Read More …