The Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program provides a unique academic experience for undergraduate students to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment of their choice over the course of four-six months. The overall experience includes scientific research, hands-on experimental design, test operations and educational/public outreach activities.

We are not currently accepting proposals for RGEFP.

Team Members - Instructions

1. Create and submit a proposal.

If selected then:

2. Medical questionnaire - flyers.
3. Build and ship project.
4. Complete administrative paperwork.
5. Fly.
6. Complete outreach and final report.

The reduced gravity aircraft generally flies 30 parabolic maneuvers over the Gulf of Mexico. This parabolic pattern provides about 20-22 seconds of hypergravity (about 1.8G-2G) as the plane climbs to the top of the parabola. Once the plane starts to “nose over” the top of the parabola to descend toward Earth, the plane experiences about 18 seconds of microgravity (0G). At the very top and bottom of the parabola, flyers experience a mix of partial G's between 0 and 1.8 (called “dirty air”).

Please see important information below regarding our proposal process and alignment with NASA's technology missions and goals.

Experiment Topic Alignment:

The Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program is an experiential education program that is important to the future of NASA. By aligning our program directly with the technical goals of the Agency, we are using education to further NASA's mission, allowing students to directly benefit our nation's space program.

Therefore we ask that you review the following documents which are summaries of Strategic Knowledge Gaps (SKG) and Critical Technology Developments (CDT) that NASA has identified as priorities for future research. Keeping with our request from last year, we are asking you to submit applications with experiments in line with these topics.

SKG Document (PDF)

In addition to the SKG information listed above we are providing the following "Critical Technology Developments (CTD)" document. "Appendix C - Technology Descriptions" lists out topic areas to propose to that are important to future NASA research. We encourage you to use this document as well to theme your reduced gravity experiment proposals.

CTD Document (PDF)

Undergraduate teams submitting experiment proposals that are specifically in line with these research topics will be given first priority for selection. When completing your application to the program you will be asked to identify the SKG or CDT that aligns with your experiment. Experiments that are not directly in line with these SKG's or the CDT's will be reviewed for selection, but will not be given top priority.

Please check this website regularly for any updates regarding our requirements for the 2015 program.

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