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Title: Virginia Space Grant Consortium


Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Mid Atlantic Space Grant Meeting September 7,
RockOn... A Sounding Rocket Payload
Workshop Colorado Virginia Space Grant
Consortium Overview June 22 June 27, 2008
  • Workshop Concept
  • - Faculty and students came to Wallops for a six
    day hands-on workshop (1500 registration fee)
  • In teams of 3-4, they built a sounding rocket
    payload (RocketSat) from a kit
  • - All payloads were identical
  • Payloads integrated into a standard container and
    integrated on 4th day
  • Payloads were launched on a single rocket on the
    6th day
  • Workshop to be held annually
  • - Past participants come back to fly their own
    payloads in standard container for 12,000 (some
    may fly on future workshop rockets to help pay
    cost of workshop launch)

  • Introduction and Background

RocketSat and Workshop Goals 1.) Allow students
to design payloads that will go into space 2.)
More challenging design problem 3.) Unique
science opportunities 4.) More demanding hands-on
experience 5.) Interdisciplinary team work 6.)
Help create a new and standard access to space
platform with Wallops
Introduction and Background
RocketSat 1 Objectives 1.) Easily reproducible
payload design (COTS) 2.) Qualitative data
description of flight environment with
altitude 3.) Science Package - Geiger Counter -
Microwave Detector - Sensor Package -
Temperature sensor - Accelerometers - Pressure
RocketSat Can Configuration
5 Plate Stack Attached to Can Bottom Bulkhead
RocketSat Can Configuration
5 Plate Stack Stand-offs attached to Top Lid.
Barrel Section attached to Top Lid (8
Places) Assembled can with payload 20 pounds
Can Integration to Launch Vehicle
Use of standard can will simplify integration
Can 2 integrated and bolted to Sub-SEM Ring
Electrical Connections to Latching Relays run
down side of Cans and through inner diameter of
Sub-SEM Ring
Summary of Final Configuration
- Skin with two access areas for 1 View
port 1 Static port 1 Dynamic port
Total payload weight with cans 100
pounds Payload section 66 inches long Launch
scheduled for June 27, 2008
Mid Atlantic RockOn Participants
  • Matthew Bitzer   Virginia Tech
  • Andrew Cosentino  Virginia Tech
  • John Esposito   Virginia Tech
  • Jennifer Poli   Virginia Tech
  • Kevin Shinpaugh  Virginia Tech
  • David Talavier  Old Dominion University
  • Elizabeth Martin   University of Virginia
  • Ryan Johnson    University of Virginia
  • Galen Hansen   Fairmont State College, WVA
  • Gene Turchin   Fairmont State College, WVA
  • Lester Link    Delaware Technical Community
  • Joe Pent       Delaware Technical Community
  • Henry Snyder   Gallaudet University, Washington
  • Timothy Wheeler   Pennsylvania State University

RockOn Participants
RockOn Participants
RockOn Participants
RockOn Participants
RockOn Participants
RockOn Video
FAA Design Competition for Universities 2008
2009 Academic Year
Competition Elements
  • Individuals or teams
  • Undergraduates and Graduates eligible
  • Multidisciplinary, multi-departmental or multi
    institutional teams an option
  • Good vehicle for collaboration among institutions
  • A worthwhile aeronautics project for design
    courses or independent study
  • Allows for interdisciplinary approach and
  • Real world applications

Connections with Airport Operators
  • Linkage with an airport operator is required to
    obtain expert advise and ensure the viability of
    the proposed approach.
  • Competition website has links to experts with
    FAA, Partner Organizations and the AAAE is
    connecting students to airport operators.

  • First place 2500 Second place 1,500Third
    place 1,000
  • Prizes are awarded to individuals or divided
    equally among team members.
  • Team representatives for first place awards will
    be invited to accept their award and present
    their design at the American Association of
    Airport Executives Annual Conference and
    Exposition, June 14 17, 2009 in Philadelphia.
  • A travel allowance of up to 2,000 per award will
    be provided for two individuals (two students or
    one faculty advisor and one student) from each
    first place award winning team.

Competition Website
  • http//
  • Detailed competition background and guidelines.
  • Links to publications and resource documents in
    each of the broad challenge areas -- a starting
    point for students and faculty.
  • Venue for submitting questions and required
    Notice of Intent to propose.
  • Final proposals submitted electronically through
    the website.
  • Detailed evaluation criteria.
  • Links to expert resources and airport operators.
  • Access to 2007 2008 Winning Proposals

FAA Competition Design Challenge Categories
  • Airport Operation and Maintenance
  • Runway Safety/Runway Incursions
  • Airport Environmental Interactions
  • Airport Management and Planning

Note Safety risk assessment is an element in
each challenge
Airport Operation and Maintenance Challenges
  • Exploring new methods for design and maintenance
    of pavement surfaces.
  • Methods for innovative pavement repair.
  • Innovative pavement materials, installation and
    maintenance techniques, including non-destructive
    evaluation methodologies.
  • Improved approaches to rubber removal/surface
    restoration due to aircraft tire friction.
  • New or improved techniques for ice removal from
  • Improved methods for foreign object detection and
    removal from runway surfaces.

Runway Safety/Runway Incursion Design Challenges
  • Expanding situational awareness of pilots and
    ground operators on the airfield. Ideas include,
    but are not limited to
  • Enhancing Airport Visual Aids

Airport Environmental Interactions Design
  • Making snow and ice removal more environmentally
    friendly. Both chemical and non-chemical options
    can be considered.
  • Improving methods for containment and cleanup of
    fuel spills.
  • Increasing energy efficiency in the management of

Airport Management and Planning Design Challenges
  • Maximizing Airport Capability
  • Strategies for accommodating aircraft that
    experience extended delays on the tarmac and in
    line for take off, including dealing with human
    needs and airport and airline capabilities.  
  • Innovative approaches to demand forecasting and
    management for airports. 
  • Innovative strategies for reducing airline fuel
    consumption, such as new ways to reduce
    gate-to-gate time or revise procedures.

FAA Design Competition for Universities Key Dates
  • Competition Announcement August 2008
  • Notice of Intent
  • NOI strongly suggested and anticipated prior to
    start of design process
  • Fall semester deadline -September 30, 2008
  • Note NOIs involving fall work will still be
    accepted through the Spring semester deadline is
    January 30, 2009
  • Design Submittal Deadline 5 p.m. Eastern
    Daylight Time, April 17, 2009
  • Winners Announced by May 15, 2009
  • Award Ceremony and Presentations June 14 - 11,
  • Exact date(s) within this time frame to be
  • Competition web site
  • http//

2007 2008 Competition Data
  • 16 colleges and universities
  • participated
  • 16 faculty and 149 students
  • involved
  • 36 proposal submissions
  • 3 individuals 33 teams
  • 22 graduate students 127 undergraduate students
  • Several design classes participated with multiple
    student teams
  • Course project, student society chapter and
    independent study were typical venues

Participant Comment
  • it really enriches the student education
    capability and allows him to look beyond
  • his own coursework or PhD research. Most
    importantly, allows him to work on a
  • practical project with the industry and develop
    a product that can be readily used by airport
    engineers.-Faculty Advisor

NASA Langley Research Center Office of Strategic
Communications and Education
  • Mid Atlantic Regional Space Grant Conference
  • Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars
    (LARSS) Program

Debbie Murray LARSS Program Coordinator
LARSS Program Goals
  • Encourage high caliber college students to pursue
    and earn graduate degrees
  • Enhance their interest in aerospace research by
    exposing them to the professional research
    resources and facilities of LaRC
  • Continue to feed the NASA pipeline and the
    Nations STEM skills base with highly qualified
    undergraduate and graduate students

LARSS Space Grant Supported Scholars
This is the largest group to date - 17 Space
Grant Consortia sponsored 38 students!
  • West Virginia Sean Butler, Gregory Duckett,
    Gavin Hall, Nicholas Weston, Allison Willingham -
    All from West Virginia University
  • Delaware Tommi Barrett, John Brady, Shannon
    Kung, Ray McCauley -
  • All from University of Delaware
  • Indiana Christian Rippe - Valparaiso University
  • Louisiana Greg Caswell - Louisiana Tech
  • Minnesota Miles Engel - Hamline University
  • Mississippi Kendra Carr, Andrew Parrish - Both
    Mississippi State University James Kidd -
    University of Mississippi
  • Montana Steve Kratochvil - Montana State
  • Nebraska Heather Finney - Hastings College
    Justin Green, Chase Taylor - Both University of
    Nebraska at Lincoln
  • New Hampshire Matthew Coffey - University of New
    Hampshire at Durham
  • New Hampshire-Dartmouth College Stephanie
    Trudeau, Steve Ubnoske
  • New York Matthew Safran - Cornell University

LARSS Space Grant Supported Scholars
  • North Carolina Steve Brown - University of North
    Carolina at Chapel Hill Lance Cassidy, Francisco
    Rodriguez - Both North Carolina State University
  • Illiana Thomas - Elizabeth City State
    University, Jasmine Tinoco - North Carolina AT
    State University
  • Oregon Jarrod Jackson - Oregon State University
  • Pennsylvania Daniel Cromartie - LeHigh
    University Charles Cimet, Sushil Patel - Both
    Pennsylvania State University
  • Puerto Rico Jose Flores - University of Puerto
    Rico at Mayaguez, Michelle Laboy - Interamerican
    University at Bayamon Campus
  • South Carolina Marshall Washburn - Wofford
  • Virginia Jeffrey Garnand-Royo, Margaret Nate -
    Both Virginia Tech
  • Judith Providence - College of William and Mary

Thank You!

LARSS Year-Round
  • Deadlines
  • Spring 2009, October 31, 2008
  • Summer 2009, February 1, 2009
  • Fall 2009, TBD

  • Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology
  • (VASTS)
  • A partnership between Virginia Space Grant
    Consortium and NASA Langley Research Center with
    assistance from Virginia Department of Education

  • Innovative and exciting NASA-based science,
    technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
    educational program for high school juniors in
  • NASA Langley funded pilot. VSGC contributing
  • Program launched January 30 at an
  • Aerospace Day press conference at the
  • Virginia General Assembly by NASA Langley
  • Director, Lesa Roe and Mary Sandy.
  • Modeled after the highly-successful
  • Texas Aerospace Scholars developed by
  • Johnson Space Center.

  • Online coursework using a Space Exploration theme
    to teach STEM skills.
  • April through June 2008
  • One Week Six-days, all expense paid, residential
    Summer Academy at NASA Langley July 27 - August
  • Master Educators work with students throughout
    online coursework and Summer Academy.
  • NASA Langley mentors provide students with
    hands-on ,
  • experimental STEM activities during
  • Students school districts will be encouraged to
    offer academic credit

  • Inspire STEM learning and STEM career
  • Provide an engaging and motivational NASA
    experience for Virginia students.
  • Foster STEM and aerospace-relevant workforce
    pipeline from VASTS to other precollege and
    higher education programs.
  • Offer real-world, problem-based STEM experiences.
  • Provide distance learning courses in space
    exploration and STEM to Virginia students.
  • Recognize outstanding Virginia scholars with a
    prestigious opportunity in VASTS.

  • High school junior
  • 16 years of age
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Virginia Resident
  • Minimum GPA 2.7
  • STEM interest
  • Internet and email access

Distance Learning
  • Online course content provided foundation for
    summer academy activities.
  • Students complete and submit on Moodle course
  • 10 online modules
  • Inquiry-based physics/mathematics problem
  • Online quiz
  • Essay, design, and/or drawing
  • Culminating online project

Summer Academy
  • July 27th through August 1st
  • Residential program - housing at CNU dorms
  • Adult supervision at all times
  • Scholars collaboratively design human mission to
  • Expose scholars to array of STEM career options
  • Interaction with LaRC engineers, scientists, and
    technologists who serve as mentors

Summer Academy Project
  • Students assigned to four teams to design a human
    mission to Mars
  • Two NASA mentors coach team with support from a
    master teacher and undergraduate student
  • Getting There - Prasun Desai, Glenn Hines
  • Living There - Robert Singletary, Guillermo
  • Working There - Pat Troutman, Nancy Holloway
  • Mission Integration - G. Bezos-OConnor, Scott
  • Advisors Melvin Ferebee, Amanda Cutright, Debbie
    Martinez, Jill Prince, Bill Dogett, Harry Belvin,
    Karen Whitley, Luther Jenkins, Marianne Rudisill,
    Chris Giersch, Kimberly Land, Terry Clark, and
    Charles Poupard.

Closing Ceremony
  • Recognize Scholars accomplishments
  • Scholars present mission design
  • Parents, legislators, industry sponsors invited

NASA Langley-VSGC GIS Internship Program
  • Langley GIS Team provides geospatial data
    management and resource utilization solutions
    for Langley
  • GIS Internship Eligibility
  • High school, community college, undergraduate,
    and graduate students
  • Majors in geography, technology, civil
    engineering, and others
  • Interest in developing skills in spatial data
    technology in support of NASAs mission
  • 12 students placed in 11-week summer internships
  • 9 students placed in 15-week fall internships
  • Recruiting for spring placements (App deadline
    Nov 1)

NASA Langley-VSGC GIS Internship Program
  • Primary Duties Include
  • Support development, maintenance and data input
    in GIS
  • Updates to building floor plans and space
    utilization, environmental data, and center
  • Modifications of center spatial data and web
  • Part-time and full-time positions
  • Students will earn a stipend relative to their
    academic level (8 to 15/hr)
  • Prior experience not requiredtraining will be
  • Interns supporting OVERspace program
  • Present at OVERspace workshops
  • Classroom presentations about GIS

OVERspace Program
  • Offering Virginia Educators Resources in Spatial
    Practices Across the Curriculum for Excellence
  • Mission --- teach teachers how to utilize
    geospatial technologies such as GIS and GPS in
    the classroom
  • Train-the-Trainer Model -- Teachers teaching
  • Customized hands-on workshops
  • On-site in partnership with school divisions
  • Open enrollment workshops
  • Low cost or no cost (depending on external
  • Over 600 teachers trained since 2001

To bring a workshop to your school or division,
contact Nick Koltun (
OVERspace Workshops
Geospatial Technician Education Through
Virginias Community Colleges (GTEVCC)
  • National Science Foundation
  • Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE)
  • Planning Grant awarded in May 2007
  • Full ATE project proposal will be submitted in
    October 2008 (3 yr award)
  • Vision
  • Establish sustainable academic pathways in
    geospatial technology to provide
    business/industry/public sector agencies with
    larger pool of skilled geospatial technicians.
    These pathways will serve as models for other
    community colleges.

GTEVCC Partners
  • Tidewater Community College (TCC)
  • Virginia Western Community College (VWCC)
  • John Tyler Community College (JTCC)
  • Virginia Community College System (VCCS)
  • Geospatial Extension Program at Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC)

  • Model Academic and Workforce Training Pathways
  • Update and Add Courses, Create Certificate and
    Specialization programs in GIS
  • Faculty Training and Mentoring from Partners
  • Pre-college Teacher Professional Development
  • Increase awareness of careers in geospatial
    technologies among students, faculty, and parents
  • GIS Day
  • Resource-rich Web Resource Tool
  • Trained Geospatial Technicians Ready to Work!

  • National Governors Association funding funneled
    through Virginia Department of Education (VA one
    of 6 states to win funding)
  • GAITE one of 6 Academys in VA -- Led by New
    Horizons Regional Education Center, Hampton
  • 6 public school divisions
  • VSGC NASA Langley Northrop Grumman Canon
    Virginia CHROME
  • Thomas Nelson Community College ODU
  • Peninsula Council for Workforce Development
  • Academy at each school focusing on electrical
    engineering technology and mechanical engineering

  • VSGC role includes Pre-Academy activities
    targeting students in grades 7-10, parents and
    teacher development
  • One-day teacher professional development for 56
    middle school teachers
  • 6 Technology Exploration Saturdays for 7-8 grades
  • Summer Pre-Academy Camp for grades 9-10 (2009)
  • Summer Professional Development Institute for
    Teachers (2009)
  • Themes for Technology Exploration Saturdays
  • Designing the Future (modeling/simulation smart
  • Connecting the Future (electronics remote
  • Automating the Future (robotic applications and

Electrical Engineering Technology Mechanical
Engineering Technology Connecting the
Future Designing the Future Automating the Future
Connecting the Future Remote Sensing