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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.

Congratulations to the 24 teams selected for 2019 Micro-g NExT!
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Challenge Descriptions

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

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Proposal Guidelines

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

  • August 30, 2018

    Announce Opportunity

  • Sept 5, 2018 at 6pm CT

    Info session #1

    Link to Session

    Sept 20, 2018 at 6pm CT

    Info session #2

    Link to Session

    Oct 1, 2018 at 6pm CT

    Info session #3

    Link to Session
  • Oct 1, 2018

    Letter of Intent Due

    Please email with the following information: School name, Potential team lead and member names, Potential faculty advisor name(s), 2019 Challenge chosen

  • Nov 1, 2018

    Proposals Due

  • Dec 6, 2018

    Selection Announcement

  • 2019 Anticipated Test Weeks

    Test Week 1: May 20-25, 2019
    Test Week 2: June 3-8, 2019


Check out of video library below.

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!

Sharp Edge Detection and Removal/Covering

EVA Camera Attachment Mechanism

Mini-Arm End-Effector

Mini-Arm, Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

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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

Regan Monhollon
Micro-g NExT Intern
(281) 792-2105


Brandon M. Hargis
NASA SUITS Activity Manager
(281) 483-6708
Email questions and Letters of Intent

Crystal Del Rosso
Education Coordinator
(281) 792-7848
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MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC)

Crystal Del Rosso
Education Coordinator
(281) 792-7848
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