ABOUT Micro-g NExT


Accepted teams for 2017

Description: 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.

OVERVIEW

 

Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) program 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 educational/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. Teams can choose from three design challenges.

2017 Micro-g NExT Challenge Descriptions (PDF)

2017 Sampling Platforms (PDF)

2017 Information Session Recording (MP4)

 

Key Dates:

Letters of Intent Due (Optional): October 5, 2016
Proposals Due: November 1, 2016
Announcement of Selected Teams: December 8, 2016
Test Operation Weeks: Late Spring 2017

 

What to Expect

Check out this article about Micro-g NExT. Undergraduate Engineering at Work Underwater

Example Outreach Approaches on the Guidelines Page

 

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