Space Technology Research Institutes Appendix Released

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation, titled Space Technology Research Institutes (STRI), as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2020 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2020)” on June 2, 2020. The solicitation is available by opening the NSPIRES homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/, selecting “Solicitations,” then selecting “Open Solicitations,” and, finally, selecting “Space Technology Research Institutes (STRI).” To access the solicitation directly, visit http://tinyurl.com/NASA-STRI20.

The Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking to invest, via research institutes, in university-led, sustained, multi-disciplinary space technology research focused in strategic areas for transformative impact to future NASA exploration and science. The research institutes construct enables coordination of experts from a wide range of fields and organizations in a single distributed research structure. For research areas of overlapping interest, this approach could significantly increase partnerships between NASA, other government agencies, industry, and academia, enabling greater progress and benefit for all involved. The institute approach facilitates a more focused and coordinated set of research and development efforts than typically arise from a series of separate solicitations and individual research grants. Because the research institute maintains its focus for several years, more effective and substantial research progress is envisioned for the selected high priority research areas. The maximum award duration is five years and up to $15M total over the 5-year period. Only accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals; teaming with other accredited U.S. universities is required, and teaming with non-profit laboratories and industry is permitted. See Appendix section 3.0 for full list of eligibility requirements. The anticipated type of award instrument will be grants or cooperative agreements.

The Appendix exclusively seeks proposals that are responsive to one of the following two topics:

*         High-Power Electric Propulsion Ground Testing and Modeling Extensible to In-Space Operation
*         Revolutionary Advancements in Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation of Entry Systems

The financial and programmatic support for STRI comes from the Space Technology Research Grants Program within the Space Technology Mission Directorate. Awards are expected to be in place in summer 2021. Proposals are being solicited via a two-step process where preliminary proposals are mandatory, and only those invited may submit a full proposal. NASA plans to make approximately 2 awards as a result of this STRI solicitation, subject to the availability of funds and receipt of meritorious proposals. The actual number of awards will depend on the quality of the proposals received; NASA reserves the right to make no awards under this solicitation.

All preliminary proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES or through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) by an authorized organizational representative. Mandatory preliminary proposals are due on or before August 4, 2020, 5 pm Eastern, and the target deadline for invited full proposals is November 5, 2020, 5 pm Eastern. Detailed submission instructions and due dates are provided in the solicitation. Potential proposers and their proposing organizations are urged to familiarize themselves with the submission system(s), ensure they are registered in NSPIRES, and submit the required proposal materials well in advance of the deadline.

Technical and programmatic comments and questions may be addressed by email to the Space Technology Research Grants Program at hq-STMD-STRI@mail.nasa.gov. Responses to inquiries will be answered by email and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved. It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of amendments (if any).

WVSU NASA Engineering Camp

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton

Reasonable accommodations will be made to provide this content into reasonable alternate accessible formats upon request. Please contact our offices at (304) 204-4306 or bdillard@wvstateu.edu.

West Virginia State University Research and Development Corporation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status in any of its programs or activities.

FULL VIRTUAL! CoderZ from Intellitek

Target Audience: Students in 5th grade and up
Duration: 3-week program

Description:  Thanks to a generous donation from Amazon Future Engineer, CoderZ is a free option that only requires an Internet connection and a computer with the Chrome Browser to use the highly-regarded Coder-Z platform to learn to code, and to compete with a virtual robot.  This program is for students in 5th grade and up.  This is an amazing opportunity for so many kids to learn to code, compete, and participate in robotics!  Students are trained through a 3-week program (June or July sessions) to code and compete a virtual robot.  High School Students get the chance to learn Python as well.
NOTE: Students CAN participate in both a virtual and a F2F camp!

Schedule:  There are TWO SESSIONS!  We are offering the early session starting June 8th and lasting 3 weeks until June 26th.  The later session begins July 13th and runs until July 31st.

Register here

If you have questions, please contact: Todd.Ensign@FairmontState.edu, Todd.Ensign@FairmontState.edu

Hands-On Robotics Camps

Target Audience: Ages 6-8 and Ages 9-14

Description: Our camps are 4/5-days, hands-on programs that focus on fundamental building and programming skills, games, and fun challenges using a variety of robotics platforms.  Each camp will provide information on age appropriate competitions, and how to get involved and stay engaged in robotics!  Camps are staffed by NASA’s college interns sponsored by the IV&V Facility and the WV Space Grant Consortium, and hosted at partner sites across the state.

Schedule:  We are offering ½ day camp for students ages 6-8 years old, Tue.-Fri, 9am-12pm.  Our full-day camp is for students 9-14 years old, Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm. For both camps, you may drop off and pick up your camper ½ hour before or after the camp times.

•     Ages 6-8, half-day 9am-12pm, LEGO® Coding Express and WeDo 2.0 Robotics.
•     Ages 9-14, 9am-4pm LEGO® EV3, VEX IQ, and Parrot Mambo Drone.

Lunch:  For F2F, campers must bring their own bag lunch, drinks, etc.  We will provide a morning and afternoon snack.

Cost: We offer our F2F camps at a break-even or a loss and to ensure we are accessible to all students.  We are asking every family that can afford it for a suggested donation of $50/student for the younger student ½ day camp, and $100/student for the older student, full-day camp.  Both camps include snacks, use of robots, drones, tablets, and all materials.  Checks should be made out to “Fairmont State University” and will be collected on your first day of camp at the registration desk.  Note: If you can afford to donate more, your dollars will go to support another camper who is less fortunate.

Week ofHost SiteCity
July 6BridgeValley CTC (Virtual Camp Only)Charleston
July 13Mountaineer Middle SchoolMorgantown
July 20James Rumsey Technical InstituteMartinsburg
July 27Fairmont State UniversityFairmont
Aug. 3Robert C. Byrd InstituteHuntington

Register Here

If you have questions, please contact: Ryan.E.Utzman@nasa.gov, Todd.Ensign@FairmontState.edu

Destination SPACE Camp

Target Audience: Students who will enroll in grade 8-12 for 2020-2021 academic school year
Age Requirement: 13-18 years by July 2020
Deadline: Application form must be returned by June 8, 2020.
Late Registration: will remain open (as slots are available) until July 10th.
Cost: Free
Duration: 5-Day online and at-home camp
Required materials provided prior to camp

Our inaugural Destination SPACE summer camp has made the hard decision to go Virtual.  We have a few spots remaining on this highly-respected program sponsored by Global Science and Technology.  This shift means the door is open for students from anywhere in West Virginia!!!  Space is VERY limited, so apply TODAY!!!

We are now preparing plans for a 5-day Camp to accommodate the new online format. There will be time that everyone is together online and time that students will perform individual assigned activities at home.  There will be approximately 4 hours of online contact time each day.  All required materials will be provided to students prior to Camp.

The goal of the camp is fostering long-term interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by providing students an engaging, hands-on, remote sensing educational opportunity. Satellite remote sensing provides a vast range of uses to analyze and potentially mitigate local and global environmental issues.

This 5-Day virtual camp is offered in coordination with NASA IV&V Education Resource Center, Global Science & Technology Inc., FSU, and Destination SPACE.  Regardless of your experience, education, or future aspirations, if you are interested in Space and Earth sciences and eager to make new and lasting connections, this is the camp for you! Participants will learn about satellites and remote sensing.  The camp will feature NASA scientists, engineers and educators and will be filled with stimulating science, engineering, and team building activities to foster future innovation and provide professional development. Destination SPACE inspires and empowers students to develop into capable scientists to become the next generation of STEM leaders!

Application Link: Click here

Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation (M2M X-Hab) 2021 Academic Innovation Challenge

Target Audience: Higher Education Teams
Proposals Due: April 24, 2020
More Information: https://spacegrant.org/xhab/

The Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation (M2M X-Hab) 2021 Academic Innovation Challenge is a university-level challenge designed to develop strategic partnerships and collaborations with universities. It has been organized to help bridge strategic knowledge gaps and increase knowledge in capabilities and technology risk reduction related to NASA’s vision and missions. In 2016, the X-Hab Challenge scope was formally extended to include other areas of Exploration Systems as well as habitation topics. The competition is intended to link with senior- and graduate-level design curricula that emphasize hands-on design, research, development, and manufacturing of functional prototypical subsystems that enable functionality for space habitats and deep space exploration missions. NASA will directly benefit from the challenge by sponsoring the development of innovative concepts and technologies from universities, which will result in novel ideas and solutions that could be applied to exploration.

The Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division will offer multiple awards of $15k – $50k each to design and produce studies or functional products of interest to the AES Division (see Section 3.2, Moon to Mars (M2M) X-Hab Proposal Topic List) as proposed by university teams according to their interests and expertise. The prototypes produced by the university teams (examples of which are shown in Figure 1) may be integrated into existing NASA-built operational prototypes. Universities interested in participating will submit M2M X-Hab proposals, which will be reviewed by technical experts; subsequent down-selection will determine which projects will be funded. M2M X-Hab university teams will be required to complete their products for evaluation by the AES Division in May 2021. Universities may form collaborations to perform as a single distributed project team.

Students in the Critical Path
The M2M X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge has a unique approach to student involvement, in that the student team is placed in the NASA mission critical path for the product or technology that they develop alongside NASA researchers. Teams are required to go through a series of NASA-standard assessments as other NASA engineering products, including a System Definition Review (SDR), a Preliminary Design Review (PDR), and a Critical Design Review (CDR). With this approach, NASA is putting a great deal of responsibility on the students. This in turn gives the students a bigger stake in the development of space technologies that likely will form the basis for future systems and technologies that will be flown in space.

Eligibility
Proposals will be accepted from faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)-accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecture curriculum teaming course at a university affiliated with the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, or other US accredited university. Multidisciplinary, multidepartmental, and/or multi-institutional teaming collaborations are highly encouraged.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and other minority-serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Green Bank Observatory Courses

Target Audience: College and university faculty
Cost: Application fee: $100; Course fee: $195; Optional Lodging: $35/night
Duration: 2.5 Days
Location: Green Bank, WV

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GBO-27 Radio Astronomy Update 2020: Pulsars and Gravitational Radiation, Dark Matter and Galaxy Evolution, the State of the Art in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Led by: Dr. Karen O’Neil and Staff, Green Bank Observatory
Date: May 27 – 29, 2020

Overview: This introductory course includes the basics of radio astronomy, descriptions of the GBT, and discussions of the research work done on the scope.  While this course is long-running, its content is constantly changing based on the most recent work done on the world-class GBT.  In this course is offered an update on some of the “hot topics” in astronomy: pulsars, gravitational radiation, dark matter, galaxy evolution and SETI.  The presentations are at an introductory level.  The GBT has some 16 million pounds that move to point to directions in the sky to within seconds of arc quickly.  During the tour of the GBT, participants are often taken to the top of the scope to see the detector room, and to look down into the 2.3 acre collecting dish (subject to schedules and weather).  There is interaction with resident and visiting astronomers. 

Participants stay in the astronomer’s lodging at a rate of $35 per night and take meals in the site cafeteria.  Participants experience the culture of a national laboratory with no fence or gate, in a community of 400, where people do first class work on a world class scope in relative isolation (the closest regular food market is 65 minutes away).  Participants are given guidance on and make measurements on a “hands-on” forty foot radio telescope and a remotely controlled 20-meter scope during the course.

NOTE: The new course listed below takes a deeper dive into radio astronomy projects. It takes place immediately after GBO-27 and participants may sign up for one or the other or  both!

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GBO-37  Radio Astronomy Project 2020

Led by: Dr. Ronald Maddalena and Staff, Green Bank Observatory
Dates: May 30 – June 1, 2020

Dr. Maddalena, a recently retired  but active astronomer, has been a frequent presenter in the GBO long-running course entitled Radio Astronomy Update 2020   He will be joined by other staff members in the interaction with participants.

Those taking part in the project will work in small groups and have access to two on-site radio telescopes (one older and one newer) and also access to the archived sky data at the Green Bank Observatory.  In addition to peer collaboration, they will have professional guidance from observatory astronomers.  Participants will reside in the astronomer’s residence hall, and take meals in the site cafeteria. 

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For either of the above courses, expect to arrive at the site late afternoon the day before the start of the course.  There will be a 7:30 PM Introductory social in the Residence Hall Lounge.  Plan for an early start the following morning.  The lodging includes this night before the start.  For either course expect departure just after lunch on the final day.

For each of the above:[Application fee: $100; Course fee: $195; Optional lodging: $35 per night in a double room. Meals are paid for individually. For more information and an application form, folks can send an email to sheather@nrao.edu

TMC Summer Internship Opportunity

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity Unmanned Aerial Systems for Recreational Use and Educational Learning

Project Description: TMC2 Technologies (TMC) is a high technology company located in Fairmont, WV, that is involved in projects funded by NASA, FBI, and DOD. TMC is seeking students who are interested in pursuing a drone-related research project of their choosing within one of the focus areas listed below:

Projects are not limited to the subtopics listed above, only the area of focus. At the end of the summer internship, a final report will be required that should capture key data and metadata elements, achievements, and lessons learned associated with the internship activity. TMC will provide project oversight and guidance.

Job Title: TMC Summer Intern
Number of Positions: 2
Expected Start Date: May 2020
Rate: $15/hour
Duration: Up to 10 weeks
Work Location: Fairmont, WV
Deadline to Apply: February 22, 2020
Desired Skills:
– Experience with drones and a clear understanding of drone regulations and usage as governed by the FAA
– Computer science, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, or aerospace engineering background

Application Requirements: Resume, cover letter, and a one-page proposal outlining your desired project focus area and subtopic. The cover letter should include you areas of interests, a description of your qualifications, and career aspirations.

Please send all questions and application materials (in PDF format) by February 22, 2020, to Ms. Kathleen Baker (kbaker19@mail.wvu.edu) at the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium.

NASA Langley Academy Internship

Target Audience: Students
Deadline: February 15, 2020
Application Link: https://academyapp.com/

Applications will require a personal statement, a current resume, your current unofficial transcript, two current letters of recommendation from supervisors or college professors, and emails/phone for the two references. Space Grant sponsored students are encouraged to apply.

US Veterans, females, and Under-represented students who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

Selections can begin on Feb 1 and continue through March 1.

For more information, please see the link above.

Yearlong NASA Internship Opportunity

Job Title: NASA Intern – College level
Job Status: Part time
Number of Positions: 1
Expected Start Date: April 2020
Duration:  Up to 1 year
Work Location: Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility – Fairmont, WV/ Remote

Please send Resume / Cover letter submissions by February 28, 2020 to: jesse.white@nasa.gov.

Job Name: Team Readiness Yearlong Project Opportunity
Job Description: NASA is seeking a college intern to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals at the Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility.  The intern will be supporting an initiative dedicated to team readiness and will be tasked to develop a training portal that will allow employees to select and track progress toward completing levels of technical specialization. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain master log of training materials and develop database for easy access and integration in to common tools environment
  • Develop web interface to database that allows users to select courses for a learning plan, track progress to completion, and maintain learning history
  • Perform work on-site in the Government facility 

Desired Skills: To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Enrolled in college or university majoring in computer science or engineering 
    • Must be at least a current college Junior
  • Experienced with relational databases and web development
  • Experience with C#, JAVA
  • Able to develop software using object-oriented software design and implementation principles
  • Excellent writing and communication skills are required, and ability to interact well in group meeting/working environments.
  • Familiarity with software architecture, systems engineering, and verification and validation
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Security Clearance