NASA University Student Launch Initiative

Name: Nancy Squires
Affiliation: Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University
Phone: 541-737-2337
Knowledge Required: Undergraduate senior-level skills in electrical engineering and a passion for aerospace.
Motivation: This project will be a collaboration with mechanical engineering and computer science students. The project is funded by NASA Oregon Space Grant.
Description: The NASA Student Launch is a research-based, competitive and experiential exploration project that provides relevant and cost-effective research and development to support the Space Launch System, SLS. The project involves reaching a broad audience of colleges and universities across the nation in an eight-month commitment to design, build, and fly payloads or vehicle components that support SLS. Based on research needs, these payloads and components fly on high-power rockets to an altitude determined by the range safety officer and the team. Research/investigation topics are conceived by the SLS Program Office in collaboration with SLS industry partners. After a competitive proposal selection process, teams participate in a series of design reviews that are submitted to NASA via a team developed website. These reviews mirror the NASA engineering design lifecycle, providing an experience that prepares students for the Human Exploration and Operations workforce. Teams must complete a Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, Flight
Readiness Review, and Launch Readiness Review that includes a safety briefing. Teams must analyze payload and flight data during a Post Launch Assessment Review. In addition, teams must successfully complete an initial and a final Launch Readiness Review that includes a safety inspection prior to launch. The launch takes place in April 2018 in Huntsville Alabama.
CS and EE students will join a collaborative team of mechanical engineering Capstone members, and will be mentored by Oregon Rocketry and OSU Robotics.
Objectives: For the 2018 competition, the payload challenge is to design,build, test and launch a custom rover that will deploy from the internal structure of the launch vehicle. At landing, the team will remotely activate a trigger to deploy the rover from the rocket. After deployment, the rover will autonomously move at least 5 ft. (in any direction) from the launch vehicle. Once the rover has reached its final destination, it will deploy a set of foldable solar cell panels.
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Deliverables: The successful design, manufacture, launch and recovery of a payload. Additionally, there is an outreach component to the project. If you have an interest in K-12 STEM development of an additional payload component, your leadership is welcomed.
Other comments: If you have any questions regarding this exciting project, please let me know.
Nancy Squires, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor, Mechanical Engineering

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