Students Building Space Hardware
ASGC sponsors student teams for the following space hardware projects. We always welcome new project ideas also. An interested faculty advisor should submit a proposal via the ASGC Outreach application to request funding. Applications are taken throughout the year.
PDF Outreach Application. (296 KB)
- The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge formerly called the Great Moonbuggy Race, is held in the spring annually at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Participating students design a human-powered vehicle and then navigate their moonbuggy creation over a half-mile simulated extraterrestrial terrain course including “craters,” rocks, “lava” ridges, inclines, and lunar soil.
- BalloonSat is a low-cost, short-term, high-altitude experimentation platform.
- CubeSat is a student built satellite measuring a ten centimeter cube and weighing a maximum of one kilogram which will perform a meaningful scientific experiment.
- Student Design/Build/Fly competition is sponsored by the Cessna Aircraft Company, Raytheon Missile Systems, and the AIAA Foundation and held annually. Student teams design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio controlled aircraft which can best meet the specified mission profile.
UA Team Crimson Hawk (This is a Google Group which accepts membership applications.)
- Autonomous Vehicle Senior Design Project is a project of 12 Aerospace Engineering Seniors (AVTeam) at UA who are designing and building an autonomous aircraft that will fly predefined GPS coordinates. The aircraft has an autopilot feature, accelerometers, gyros, an altimeter, and a real-time two-way telemetry system to navigate the pre-determined flight path.
- NASA Robotic Mining Competition (formerly Lunabotics) is held annually at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Students design and build a remote controlled or autonomous excavator, called a lunabot, that can collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms of lunar simulant within 15 minutes.
- Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program takes place in Ellington Field, in Houston, Texas throughout the year. Teams are selected in a proposal process through the Microgravity University Office at NASA Johnson Space Flight Center. Students propose, design, fabricate, fly, and evaluate a reduced-gravity experiment of their choice over the course of six months.
- University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) is an annual competition that challenges university-level students to design, build, and fly a reusable rocket with a scientific payload. The Alabama Space Grant also holds an annual Advanced Rocketry Workshop to provided interested students and faculty an overview of the USLI competition.