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Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) challenges undergraduate students to design build, and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration challenge. The overall experience includes hands-on engineering design, test operations, and public outreach. Test operations are conducted in the simulated microgravity environment of the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL). Teams will propose design and prototyping of a tool or simulant identified by NASA engineers as necessary in space exploration missions. Professional NBL divers will test the tools and students will direct the divers from the Test Conductor Room of the NBL facility.

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Twenty-five university teams will move forward to Phase II of 2018 Micro-g NExT. The teams represent seventeen states. Six of the twenty-two institutions represented are new to the Micro-g NExT experience. One community college and four Minority Serving Institutions are among the institutions participating. Of the four design challenges posed, nine teams will engineer an EVA Ziptie Cutter, nine teams will engineer a Module Leak Repair System, three teams will engineer the Sharp Edge Detection and Removal Device, and four teams will engineer the Under Ice Sampling Device. Each of these devices has the potential to aid in a future spacewalk or exploration mission.

Challenge Descriptions

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Eligibility Requirements

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Proposal Guidelines

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Micro-g NExT Eligibility

Participant Criteria

  • Each prospective team member must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning (junior college, community college, college, university) at the time the proposal is submitted.
  • Team members must be 16 or older before arrival in Houston.
  • All participants MUST be U.S. Citizens.
  • All teams must have a supervising faculty member.
  • All primary team members MUST attend all test week events, including the Orientation and Test Readiness Review.
  • Primary team members may participate with one team only in the same challenge or test week.
  • Teams may enlist the support of students at any grade level, faculty members, professional consultants, etc. However, only primary team members may participate in the test week at JSC.

Phase I

Key Dates

  • Aug 23, 2017

    Announce Opportunity

  • Sept 7, 2017 at 6pm CT

    Info session #1

    Link to Session

    Sept 20, 2017 at 6pm CT

    Info session #2

    Link to Session

    Oct 2, 2017 at 6pm CT

    Info session #3

    Link to Session
  • Oct 4, 2017

    Letter of Intent Due

  • Nov 1, 2017

    Proposals Due

  • Dec 8, 2017

    Selection Announcement

  • 2018 Anticipated Test Weeks

    Test Week 1: May 21-26, 2018
    Test week 2: June 4-9, 2018


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NASA Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson invites undergraduate students to take part in Micro-g NExT. Micro-g NExT challenges student teams to design, build, and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration challenge.

Get an up-close look at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), hear from university students participating in NASA's #MicrogNEXT who have built tool prototypes designed for crew members to use in space, and even see NASA divers testing the tool prototypes in the pool!

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2015 Micro-g NExT Summary

2016 Micro-g NExT Summary

2017 Micro-g NExT Summary

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Micro-g NExT

Katie Livingood
Micro-g NExT Coordinator
(281) 244-1908

Trinesha Dixon
Micro-g NExT Activity Manager

Patrick Pischulti
Micro-g NExT Intern
(281) 792-2105

Microgravity University for Educators (MgUE)

Mike McGlone
Education Specialist
(281) 792-7899

Dr. Dynae Fullwood
Educator Professional Development (EPD) Lead Activity Manager
(281) 244-7426


Brandon M. Hargis
NASA SUITS Activity Manager
(281) 483-6708
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