Flight Projects

COLLIDE 3

COLLisions Into Dust Experiment 3 COLLIDE-3 is a Suborbital Experiment that consists of one (1) Impactor Box System (IBS) contained within an aluminum vacuum chamber, a video recording system, and a logic unit. These components are all mounted to an aluminum baseplate. The experiment is performed with pre-determined impact parameters (target material, impactor mass, and impactor …

NanoRocks on NanoRacks

Nanorocks is a 1.5U Nanorack payload that flew to the ISS on Space-X 4 in early 2014. The experiment chamber consists of 8 sample cells containing different populations of mm-scale particles. The samples are periodically agitated to induce low-velocity collisions which are recorded on video. This experiment studies the dependence of coefficient of restitution on …

Strata-1

“The Strata-1 experiment will study the evolution of asteroidal regolith through long-duration exposure of four different simulant materials to the microgravity environment on the International Space Station (ISS). A detailed understanding of asteroid mechanical evolution is needed in order to predict the surface characteristics of as-of-yet unvisited bodies, to understand the larger context of samples …

CATE

The Collisional Accretion Experiment The Collisional Accretion Experiment (CATE) was designed to study the accretion of small particles onto a larger body in a vacuum, as well as in microgravity conditions. This experiment allows further insight into the particle interactions in proto-planetary disks and in planetary ring systems. A macroscopic target object is be released …

CORE

The Collection of Regolith Experiment (CORE) is a suborbital experiment that uses the hardware and technology previously designed and tested from earlier dusty regolith impact experiment (COLLIDE, Colwell and Taylor 1999; COLLIDE-2, Colwell 2003). These experiments have been modified to include a collector mechanism for acquiring samples of loose regolith. The experiment consists of a …

Q-PACE

In the very early stages of planet formation, dust grains trapped in a disk around the young star gently collide with each other, sticking and growing into bigger aggregates. Similarly, particles in planetary rings collide at very low relative velocities and form aggregates leading to many an observed features of Saturn’s rings for example. To better …

PRIME

PRIME’s main focus has centered on low-velocity collisions in microgravity and has enabled the quantitative analysis of the ejecta mass and velocity produced due to these low-energy impacts. PRIME has previously flown on NASA’s KC-135 Weightles Wonder V (July 2002, August 2002, January, 2003, April 2003, and May 2003) and on Zero-G flights 210, 212, …

SLOPE – USIP

Welcome to the website for our newest experiment, funded through the 2015 Undergraduate Student Instrumentation Program (USIP) through NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program (FOP).   We are a group of UCF students working ona space science microgravity experiment intended for parabolic airplane flight. Follow our progress through our social media accounts: Instagram and Twitter: @ucfusip