ERAU Space Grant Projects
2008-2009 Undergraduate Research Internship

The student is encouraged to discuss possible research projects with faculty members. If you do not know what to propose as a project, the following list of potential research areas may serve to stimulate your idea. The SWEsat orbital debris detection payload and the ASCEND balloon programs are continuing group projects.

  • Foreign Object Damage (FOD)
  • Cansat Competition
  • High-cycle fatigue in aircraft structures
  • Wind-tunnel experimentation
  • Orbital Debris Telescope
  • SWEsat - Orbital Debris Dectection Satellite Payload
  • Low Gravity experiments that could be flown on the NASA "weightless wonder"
  • ASCEND - high altitude balloon project to develop payloads
  • Plasma experimentationM
  • Inspire - develop a weather experiment for Mars environment
  • Observing low-Earth orbiting satellites for rotation rates
  • YOUR IDEA COULD BE NEXT - the main stipulations are that it has to be directly related to the NASA Mission and it can reasonably be performed by an undergraduate student.

Prior Undergraduate Research Internship

This is a very limited list of previos projects

  • Foreign Object Damage (FOD)
  • High-cycle fatigue in aircraft structures
  • Wind-tunnel experiments
  • Orbital Debris Telescope
  • SWEsat - Orbital Debris Dectection Satellite
  • Low Gravity fluid/spacecraft interactions
  • ASCEND - high altitude balloon project
  • Low-Velocity Impact of Satellites
  • International Space Laws
  • Design and Analysis of Composite Structures
  • Balloon Wind Sonde System
  • Plasma Drag Accelerator
  • Magnetospike
  • Optimization and Aeroelastic Analysis of Flight Vehicle Structures
  • Photovoltaic charge controller
  • Random and Illusionary Motion Instrument Training Simulator System (RIMITSS)
  • Inspire - Weather experiment for Mars
  • Calibrating a Cavendish Balance
  • Space Flight Simulator
  • UAV Computer Vision
  • Debris imaging to determine size

For more information on any of these programs, please contact:

Dr. Ron Madler
Associate Director, ERAU/Arizona/NASA Space Grant
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
3700 Willow Creek Rd.
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 777-3896
madler@erau.edu