Flight teams will consist of 5 individuals from their university:

  • 1 Undergraduate Senior
  • 1 Faculty Member
  • 3 Other Undergraduates (any undergraduate level)

Students must be enrolled full-time as undergraduate students in the semester in which teams apply to this program. All team members (students and faculty) - MUST be U.S. Citizens and 18 years-of-age PRIOR to arrival in Houston.

In addition, teams may include the following OPTIONAL members:

  1. one full-time undergraduate alternate flight-crew member
  2. a ground-based crew of no more than 2 members. More than 2 members must be approved by the program coordinator after selection.
  3. Once your team is selected, you may invite one professional journalist as a team member. If interested, contact Ashle Harris, Public Affairs Officer at Johnson Space Center, at 281-792-7457 or for more details. DO NOT contact a journalist until you have spoken to Ciandra Jackson, as journalists must by approved before being named to your team.


The Flight Medical Clearance Form (FMCF) is required of all prospective flyers and alternate flyers participating in the RGEFP. This form must be completed prior to arrival in Houston. The FMCF is not a physical exam, but an on-line medical questionnaire. Medical determinations are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Based on the team roster and the participant information forms (PIFS), the program staff will compile the individuals that are indicated in a flyer role to submit participant information to the JSC's Flight Medicine Clinic. Each individual will receive two separate emails: (1) an email with instructions about using the online system, and (2) an email that will take the individual to their personal medical questionnaire (do not share these emails since they are linked directly to each individual).

Be sure to check your email junk mail, since most email systems will mark it as junk. Also, there are two different forms to be completed in this system; (1) Demographic information and (2) Medical Questionnaire (around 50 questions). Upon completion of both, it will automatically be sent to the staff that reviews this information. Any questions will be directed straight to the individual via this same system.

This process does take some time, so please submit your team roster as quickly as you accurately can. The FMCF is good one-year from the date it was approved.

Physiological Training: Physiological training (classroom) is provided for team flight-crew members and alternates while in Houston. Each member will attend a 2-hour classroom instruction. This training is good for one-year from the date it was completed.


  1. Cover Sheet
  2. Team Composition (see above) - what are the qualifications of the members of the flight teams (mini-resume). Include research experience, focused academic disciplines, majors, etc. We strongly encourage the team to be made up of individuals with varying technical majors (ie. electrical, mechanical, aerospace engineers, etc.). Think - systems engineering.
  3. Essay on Systems Engineering (3-4 pages) - what is your understanding of SE and how it would apply in the technical workplace (like NASA). Give examples.
  4. Funding Sources (1-2 pages) - how do you plan on covering program related costs? Students will need cover travel, hotel, food, etc., and some experiment build-up costs.
  5. Outreach (2-3 pages) - how will you share what they learn in this experience with your local communities, university, grade schools, etc.
  6. Application will also ask the following information:

    a. Have University/Faculty members participated in the Reduced Gravity program in the past?

    b. List top 5 Systems Engineering experiments (see available projects) that you would like to be associated with in preference order. Note: we may assign you to a project that was not listed if we feel your team would be a good fit.


Selection Process: Teams will be ranked based on their communicated understanding of system engineering in the technical workforce and their team makeup as it matches to identified NASA projects.



Usual academic standards regarding original work apply to all materials submitted for review to this competitive program. In all cases, proper credit should be given for referenced work and, where applicable, copies of permissions granted for use of copyrighted or patented materials included. Any evidence of copying/plagiarism in teams' proposals will result in disqualification. To be safe, please do not copy any textual part of a previous proposal, even if your proposal was not selected last year and your ideas are basically the same, find a new way to say it.