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Opportunity Title: NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center
Opportunity Type: Internship
Applicants for Research Associate positions in the NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall can choose from the following research projects/opportunities: Opportunity 1) Hybrid Rocket Flight Project - The propulsion academy team will build and fly a hybrid rocket. This rocket is expected to replace a stage or stages for the NanoLaunch vehicle. Team members should have a solid understanding of the fundamental of hybrid rocket motors. They will be expected to understand and apply the principles of rocket flight both in and out of the atmosphere, so that the impact of the design and manufacturing trades on the rocket performance can be quantified. This propulsion academy team will utilize two "SCRUM" cycles to complete the static test and flight of the hybrid rocket motor. Project Mentors: Jonathan Jones 2) Green Propellant Propulsion Systems Development Project - The Green Monopropellant Thruster Team will be characterizing the performance of two green monopropellant thruster systems. 'Green monopropellants' are ionic liquids which are decomposed and combusted by catalysis in the thruster head end. The two green monopropellants to be studied and characterized will be the Swedish LMP-103S (an Ammonium Dinitrimide based propellant) and the Air Force developed AF-M315E (a Hydroxyl Ammonium Nitrate based propellant). The thrusters tested will range from 1N (AF-M315E Propellant) to 22N (LMP-103S). The Students will perform analyses to predict the performance of the thrusters, prepare and test the ground test system, prepare and lead design and test reviews, and test and analyze the thruster systems. Project Mentors: Kevin Pederson and Chris Burnside/ER23 3) Stable Hybrid Position-Force Control Applied to Thrust Vectoring - A hybrid position-force control scheme, similar to that used in some robotic manipulator applications, will be adapted to the electromechanical actuation of a thrust vector control (TVC) system, giving it response characteristics similar to that of a traditional hydraulically actuated system, to better reduce the effects of resonance. Project Mentor: Lisa Bates/ER35 Applicants should indicate their ranked choice of the above opportunities. For more information about the NASA Propulsion Academy, go to:
Final paper and poster presentation
In the essay section, provide a brief essay (150 words) containing 1) your interest in space and how it arose, 2) your capabilities which suit you for the academy/ies, 3) rank of your chosen academy opportunity/ies (NASA Academy at MSFC, NASA Propulsion Academy, NASA Academy at Glenn, etc.) - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.
Session and Student Info

Summer 2017

(Note: Freshman-Senior refer to college students, not high school)
College - Junior
College - Senior
Pursuing Masters
Academic discipline(s) that interested students should be studying.
  Engineering - Aerospace Eng.
Engineering - Chemical Eng.
Engineering - Electrical Eng.
Engineering - Mechanical Eng.
Science - Physics
Work Site Location

Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

Marshall Space Flight Center
/ : MSFC, Huntsville Alabama

& : 4203 / 4148
Laboratory Office Setting
Work Environment: