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WPI Aerospace Engineering Students Participate in Various National NASA Programs

It was an exciting summer for five WPI Aerospace Engineering students who participated in various national programs supported by NASA.

It was an exciting summer for five WPI Aerospace Engineering students who participated in various national programs supported by NASA. Ryan Fredette (AE 2013, top photo) and Dan Pappas (AE 2013) participated in NASA’s RockOn Workshop at Wallops Flight Facility with support from NASA’s Space Grant Consortium. The focus of the RockOn workshop is to provide students and faculty with hands-on experience related to flight systems using sounding rockets. This summer, participants at RockOn built a payload which consisted of accelerometers, gyros, a pressure sensor, a humidity sensor, a thermometer, and a Geiger counter. After the flight (middle photo), the payload was recovered (bottom photo) and the teams downloaded and analyzed their data.

Sam Neu (AE 2012) participated in NASA’s Undergraduate Student Researcher Program (USRP) at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Sam worked in the Thermal Analysis Branch. He performed modeling of the chill-down process taking place in cryogenic fuel transfer lines, a topic of importance to rocket launches. Hannah McCallum (AE 2014) participated in NASA’s Propulsion Academy at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Hannah worked in the Solid Propulsion Systems Division on a project to design, build, and test a 10 lbf hydrogen peroxide thruster. This thruster will be used in testing of a second stage reaction control system (RCS) under development for a nano-satellite and CubeSat launch vehicle. Anthony Decicco (BS/MS, 2014), participated in NASA’s Mass Space Grant Summer Fellowship Program. Anthony performed research during a two-month period at WPI on dusty plasmas and granular flows in microgravity.   

September 23, 2013

 
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