December 2020

Happy Holidays from the Georgia Space Grant
The Georgia Space Grant Consortium would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. This year has been full of surprises and trials and GSGC would like to thank our affiliate and partner organizations for all they have done in Georgia's communities from helping provide PPE when suppose were short to continuing to promote STEM education and NASA's mission in the face of uncertainty. 

AVIS Research Project

A team of Georgia Tech undergraduates (pictured left to right - Bethe Newgent, Chris Rothmann, Noah Mammen, Michael Gamarnik (front), Tommy Schrager (back), Samantha Hartz, Ethan Rosman) is in line to receive as much as $80K to fund their research through the 2020 NASA University Student Research Challenge (USRC). The team - Active Vortex Inducing System (AVIS) - was tasked with developing a new aeronautic concept to change the industry in a way that is both relevant to NASA's mission and commercially viable.  GSGC supported the AVIS team during their crowdfunding phase, a requirement that they met earlier this fall to secure their full NASA award.  

The team has been working on different facets of their prototype simultaneously. AVIS is well into the iterative prototyping phase of their vortex generator (VG) module, with the goal of controlled actuation on top of a test wing. The use of 3D printing has allowed them to rapidly experiment with numerous design iterations to investigate how shape memory alloy (SMA) wires can best interface with their system. The team is also on track to develop simulation models to support live data collection from an aircraft while actively controlling the VGs. The CAD model developed for these analyses will also be converted into a physical prototype as the team prepares for the first of several wind tunnel tests later this month. GSGC will continue to follow the AVIS Team through their process in the GSGC newsletter. 

Read more about their early process here. 

GSGC Student Highlight

KSU physics major Emma Pearson was awarded a Birla Carbon scholarship for her work on muon detectors, and won a top presentation award at the American Physical Society national meeting in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Pearson participated in outreach activities with numerous Cobb County schools, and in February 2020, she traveled to Washington, DC with the GSGC delegation. After graduating KSU in May 2020 she recently started her Ph.D. in experimental particle physics at the University of Alabama and we wish her the best in her career!

Read the full article on Emma's accomplishments.

Dust Mitigation Technologies for Lunar Applications

The Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an initiative supporting NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s (STMD’s) Game Changing Development Program’s (GCD) efforts to rapidly mature innovative and high-impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions.

The 2021 BIG Idea Challenge provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to design, build, and test novel dust mitigation (or dust tolerant) technologies that could be used for lunar applications. This competition is intended to be an open innovation challenge with minimal constraints so that proposing teams can genuinely create and develop out-of-the-box solutions.

Through this challenge, NASA seeks innovative ideas from the academic community for a wide range of lunar dust mitigation solutions for issues including reducing dust clouds upon landing, dust removal from spacesuits and other surfaces, dust obstruction of optical systems, and reducing in-cabin particulate levels, among others.

For more information and details visit the BIG IDEA Challenge website.

Proposal Deadline Dec. 13, 2020

Take a Trip to the Moon — and an Artemis Launch — with the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest!

Take remote learning a little further  as in 250,000 miles further. NASA collaborated with Future Engineers to create the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest. The contest, open to U.S. students in grades K-12, launches on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and runs through Dec. 17, 2020, challenging participants to imagine leading a one-week expedition to the Moon’s South Pole.

Just imagine: You and a crew of astronauts will explore the lunar surface, making discoveries to assist future explorers. Describe your team  the number of astronauts in your crew, the skills they possess, their personality traits, and the attributes you would want in crewmates. Next, what machine, piece of technology, or robot would you leave behind on the lunar surface to help future astronauts explore the Moon?

To enter the contest, students must submit their essays by Dec 17. The essays will be divided into three groups, for judging by grade level – K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Make sure to check out the full list of contest details, including that your essay should be no more than 100 words (grades K-4), 200 words (grades 5-8), or 300 words (grades 9-12).  Students can sign up individually at the contest site or teachers can register their entire class.

For more details please visit the Moon Pod Essay Contest Page

Deadline to enter is Dec. 17, 2020

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