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El EcoExploratorio: Museo de Ciencias de Puerto Rico, como portavoz principal por PR NASA Space Grant Consortium y NASA Kennedy Space Center para el #eclipsesolarpr, les invita a participar del evento astronómico más importante del año: el Eclipse Solar del 21 de agosto de 2017.

El Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico Dr. Pedro Rosselló González (CCPR) servirá como lugar de encuentro para la ciudadanía y visitantes que deseen observar el eclipse solar en un ambiente educativo donde participaran en actividades interactivas y manipulativas, charlas, talleres STEAM y transmisión en directo con portavoces de NASA durante el recorrido del eclipse sobre la nación norteamericana.

Deseamos que seas parte de esta gran celebración educativa junto al EcoExploratorio: Museo de Ciencias de P.R. en el Salón de Exhibiciones A del CCPR el lunes, 21 de agosto, de 9:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. y en las afueras del CCPR de 2:00 p.m. a 5:00 p.m. durante el eclipse.

eco exploratorio
VISITANOS : http://ecoexploratorio.org/eclipsesolar2017/ (LIVE)
Para más información, se puede comuncar con:

Natalie Laboy
787-281-9090
natalie.laboy@ecoexploratorio.org
Coordinadora de Eventos Especiales
EcoExploratorio

The goal of the project is to provide an aerospace engineering experience to students in Puerto Rico by building a cube satellite (CubeSat). Also this will help promote the aerospace Workspace in Puerto Rico. In addition, the students are exposed to the preliminary design reviews (PDR), concept design review (CDR), and flight readiness review (FRR). This is the first scientific CubeSat to be built by a minority institution in USA ( Inter-American University).


Collaborations with major universities and governmental institutions provide training opportunities for students and faculty members from the island. PRIDCO -- the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company is providing most of the funding for the project along with matching fund from the Puerto Rico NASA Space Grant. A major scientific objective of the project is to undertand the different Ionosphere Thermosphere time constant when SWIM flys over the heating ionosphere from the Arecibo heating facility.

 

Undergraduate Student

Instrument Project (USIP) – 2015

Flight Research Opportunity NNH15ZDA010C


USIP-2015 solicits proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop an undergraduate-led Project Team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch vehicle (sRLV), or CubeSat launched on an orbital launch vehicle (hereafter referred to collectively as suborbital-class platforms).

The cost cap for an investigation awarded by OE is $200K, including the design, development, integration, and testing of the payload; student internships; and research on key innovative technologies. OE funding is limited to consortia of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant). See Appendix E for proposal conditions and guidelines for Space Grant consortia.

The cost cap for an investigation awarded by SMD is $100K, including the design, development, integration, testing of the payload; and student internships. SMD funding is available to all U.S. institutions of higher education.

Funding by NASA may be supplemented with contributions by the implementing institution (no limit); however, there are no expectations as to the amount of the institutional contribution and such contributions will not be considered in the evaluation of proposals. The selected projects must be launch-ready within 18 months of project initiation. SMD and OE estimate total funding available for award at $6.0M, and expect to select at least 30 projects for implementation, subject to available funding. The launch/flight services are provided by NASA at no cost to the project. Proposals to the USIP 2017 Solar Eclipse solicitation are not eligible for award under USIP-2015.

The two goals of this USIP SFRO are:

  • To provide a hands-on flight project experience to enhance the science, technical, leadership, and project skills for the selected undergraduate student team.
  • To fly a science and/or technology investigation relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a suborbital-class platform.


The key dates of this solicitation are:

  • SFRO Release Date                                  August 21, 2015
  • Question and Answer Telecon                   September 10, 2015 (2:00 PM)
  • Notice of Intent Deadline                         October 1, 2015 (11:59 PM)
  • Proposal Submittal Deadline                     November 20, 2015 (11:59 PM)
  • Selections Announced (target)                  December, 2015
  • Launch Readiness                                    August 1, 2017

 

The solicitation may be found on NSPIRES at: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/solicitations.do?method=open by searching on NNH15ZDA010C

General questions concerning this solicitation may be directed to:

David Pierce
Senior Program Executive for Suborbital Research
Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters
Phone: (202) 358-3808
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Questions specifically concerning the Space Grant component of this solicitation may be directed to:

Dr. Lenell Allen
Director, Aerospace Research and Career Development (ARCD)
Office of Education
NASA Headquarters
Phone: (202) 358-1762
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Announcing: Major (G5-16) STEM Opportunity for School Districts Starting February 2016 - Student Spaceflight Experiments Program - Mission 10 to the International Space Station


The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 10 to the International Space Station. This STEM education opportunity immerses grade 5-16 students across a community in an authentic, high visibility research experience, where student teams design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. The program nurtures ownership
in learning, critical thinking, problem solving, navigation of an interdisciplinary landscape, and communication skills – all reflective of the Next Generation Science Standards, the skills needed by professional scientists and engineers, and the skills desired by 21st century employers.

Each participating community will be provided a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single experiment, and all launch services to fly the experiment to the International Space Station in Fall 2016, and return is safely to Earth for student harvesting and analysis. A 9-week experiment design competition in each community, held February through April 2016, and locally engaging typically 300 students (if a pre-college focus),
allows student teams to design and formally propose real experiments vying for their community's reserved mini-lab on Space Station. A formal 2-step proposal
review process, mirroring professional review, will determine the community’s flight experiment. Content resources for teachers and students support
foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for STEM education. This includes a local art and design competition for a Mission Patch to accompany the flight experiment to Station. SSEP is therefore more suitably characterized as a community-wide STEAM experience.

TIME CRITICAL: all interested communities are asked to inquire by November 13, 2015; this allows schools and districts the time they need to assess interest
with their staff and, if appropriate, move forward with an Implementation Plan. Communities must be aboard by February 15, 2016, for a 9-week experiment design and proposal writing phase from February 22 to April 22, 2016. The flight experiment will be selected by May 26, 2016. Launch of the Mission 10 to ISS
“Casper” experiments payload is expected in Fall 2016.

NEXT STEP: carefully read the SSEP Home page, which provides an Executive Summary of the Program and the Mission 10 to ISS Flight Opportunity:

http://ssep.ncesse.org

Of interest: SSEP was showcased in Scientific American, February 17, 2015

http://goo.gl/9eSI0j

XEI Scientific Inc. reports on an exciting collaboration between students from the University of Puerto Rico and NASA.

Lift-off for one of the RockSat-X projects. Launched from NASA at the Wallops Flight Facility
Students from the University of Puerto Rico are going in to space again. For the fifth time in as many years, UPR has had a project selected to be flown from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility as part of an educational project called RockSat-X.

This is designed to provide students hands-on experience in designing, fabricating, testing and conducting experiments for space flight. The project is a national program sponsored by NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


This group has been flying experimental payloads to space since 2007 and this will be their tenth flight through various space educational initiatives. UPR's first RockSat-X project in 2011 used mass spectrometry to conduct an analysis of atmospheric particles and pressure. UPR's next experiment payload included an impact detection system which used a “piezo electric sensor and an aerogel to collect micrometeorites.”

During the next flight, the payload will deploy a sterilized collection system into the space environment which is later retracted and sealed before re-entry. The payload contains organic polymer collectors that will gather amino acids, proteins and DNA to “potentially prove the presence of life at 43 to 100 miles above Earth.”

The micro-particles will be analyzed via next-generation genomics.

The Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium has a participating team made up of interdisciplinary students from several institutions. These include the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras and Mayaguez Campus; the Puerto Rico Department of Education through their Tool and Die School and Marcelino Canino Canino Middle School. A new partnership was formed this year with the Bifrost Corporation with the purpose of going further into research and development of high definition imaging systems for these educational missions.


Members of the team from the University of Puerto Rico.

Oscar Resto is the PI of the UPR RockSat-X program. He is a physicist with more than 35 years experience on experimental physics from vacuum deposition systems and surface science spectroscopy to the innovative Ultra High Transmission Electron Microscopy capable of observing single atoms.

Resto says:

“The RockSat-X program empowers student creativity and propels them into future space development, innovating interdisciplinary STEM concepts into advanced and elaborate experiments.Over the years, the RockSat-X team's experiments have grown into highly complex systems forging more competitive professionals into the new aerospace industry workforce required for space exploration.”

As students prepare for their tenth mission, mechanical engineering student, Alexis Oquendo-Reyes, outlined the plans for this launch.

Student investigator Luis López-Soto with the payload for the flight. He is studying electrical engineering.

“A key distinction between the 2014 and 2015 payloads is the further incorporation of procedures for mitigating cross-contamination. Since we will be collecting organic samples, we need to make sure that these samples are from outer space and not from the Earth. In this second 2015 experiment, the main method of decontamination will be the use of plasma with the Evactron® ES Decontaminator. Collecting samples is not our only experiment. We will also be measuring temperature (and possibly pressure) changes throughout the flight and recording the flight in high definition.”

The Evactron® ES Decontamination System is a product from XEI Scientific, an established US instrument supplier based in Redwood City, CA. Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Dan Kleinen, says, “we at XEI are proud to help the students in their quest to advance their knowledge of the space industry and we'll be watching closely when the rocket lifts off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia later in the year.”

To learn about the mission, go to the RockSat-X Mission home page. To find out about XEI and their Evactron® Decontamination systems, visit www.evactron.com.

About XEI Scientific, Inc.

XEI Scientific Inc. invented the Evactron De-Contaminator in 1999 as the first plasma cleaner to use a downstream cleaning process to remove carbon from electron microscopes. A proprietary plasma source uses air to produce oxygen radicals for oxidation of carbon compounds for removal by the pumps. Carbon-free-vacuum produces the highest quality images and analytical results from SEMs and other vacuum analytical instruments. XEI innovations also include a unique RF plasma generator, a patented RF electrode, and easy start programmed plasma cleaning. All XEI products come with a 5 year limited warranty and are compliant with CE, NRTL, and Semi-S2 safety standards. XEI offers a variety of Evactron® decontamination systems to meet user needs and >2000 installations around the world. For more information on products and services offered by XEI Scientific, Inc., see www.evactron.com

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