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  • NASA/ZeroG Microgravity Research

    CO-I Pedro LLanos

    CO-I Sathya Gangadharan

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Carthage College proposed a technology demonstration that has several advantages over passive slosh control. Relative to slosh baffles, the proposed MAPMD technology has a lower total mass, a much higher degree of surface wave suppression, and less volumetric intrusion into the tank. The MAPMD concept also is optimized for cylindrical tanks (unlike elastomeric diaphragms, which work only in spherical pressure vessels), and currently requires no structural design changes to existing cylindrical propellant tanks.
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    Tags: NASA Flight Opportunities Program Modal Propellant Gauging technology Magnetoactive Propellant Management Device (MAPMD)

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  • Spaceports: Portals to the Universe, NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium

    CO-I Kassidy Moragne

    CO-I Jetro Gallo

    CO-I Alexandria Cogdell

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2020) defines a spaceport as “an installation for testing and launching spacecraft,” but spaceports are so much more than a slab or runway and represent an essential component of the entire space industry ecosystem (e.g. Tinoco, et al 2020).  Without spaceports, there is no spaceflight. There are no astronauts.  There are no satellites. There is no International Space Station.  And there is no Artemis and no expedition to Mars.

    A review of online learning resources for children, parents, and teachers reveals instructions and learning tools for wide range of topics including rockets, spacecraft, satellites, planetary and lunar land vehicles; propulsion systems; planets, moons, and solar systems; spacesuits, among others.  Yet, no resources were found on spaceports and spaceport infrastructure, the very foundation of spaceflight. 

    The intent of this effort is to build an education curriculum on spaceports that enlightens children, teachers, and families on spaceports and the infrastructure needed to support the safe integration, launch, and return of various vehicles, crew, and payloads. Many children believe that space is exclusively the domain of astronauts, engineers, or scientists (e.g., The LEGO Group 2019).  Educators and parents are often of the same mindset.  But space is for everyone and the careers associated with the space economy are wide and varied.  Spaceports are just one domain where many individuals contribute to the success of a space program or initiative, each a valuable member of this unique sector.  The more our younger populations learn of the different areas of the space ecosystem and the associated types of jobs, the better we all will be in building and sustaining a space economy fortified by a diverse workforce.  Initially, the primary beneficiaries of this effort will be local school children and teachers in the state of Florida, particularly in Volusia County and other geographic areas of the Space Coast.  Our hope is to engage economically disadvantages schools (with and without STEM programs) for a pilot study, allowing for a wider audience of interests and backgrounds.  Our proposed effort has garnered the encouragement of Space Florida and resource support from Space Foundation and Volusia County Public Schools (VCPS) teachers. 


    Tinoco, J., Yu, C., Howard, D., Stilwell, R. (2020). Introduction to Spaceports: Runways to Space, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

    The LEGO Group (2019). LEGO group kicks off global program to inspire the next generation of space explorers as NASA celebrates 50 years of moon landing. Retrieved from https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lego-group-kicks-off-global-program-to-inspire-the-next-generation-of-space-explorers-as-nasa-celebrates-50-years-of-moon-landing-300885423.html

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    Tags: spaceport launch vehicles K-12 Curriculum Development

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  • Iranian Proxy Groups in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen A Comparative Analysis

    CO-I Hugh Sadri

     After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Tehran’s leaders took advantage of Baghdad’s weak position and put many Iraqi power centers and local groups under their influence using a variety of soft to hard power instruments. After the withdrawal of coalition forces from the region in 2011 and through its proxy networks, Tehran gained a solid foothold in Iraq and Syria under the guise of helping Baghdad and Damascus fight the Islamic State. Likewise, Iranian proxy groups have backed Houthi rebels in Yemen fighting a regime dependent on Saudi Arabia for survival. Our primary research question is: How does Iran develop, employ, and sustain proxy organizations in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, and what vulnerabilities does its regional strategy face as a result? Our objective is to analyze the role of Iranian influence in its proxy organizations across the Middle East. 
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  • Integrating Expanded and Non-Segregated UAS Operations into the NAS: Impact on Traffic Trends and Safety

    CO-I Dothang Truong

    CO-I Ryan Wallace

    This research led by Richard Stansbury (PI) will provide further insight into the safe integration of sUAS through the forecasting of expanded and non-segregated sUAS operations. The ASSURE research team will collect data to inform the FAA on risk-based methodologies to develop and apply safety rules, regulations, and revised Safety Management System (SMS) protocols based on forecasted UAS operational needs and performance characteristics.
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    Tags: The FAA Center of Excellence for UAS Research (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence ASSURE

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