Per our discussion on Tuesday night, we're planning on applying for the Air
Force Research Labs Space Vehicles University Grants Program (very elegant
name). The link is here
<http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=249084> if you'd
like to read the full application package to read.

A quick overview is that the Air Force wants to provide funds for hands-on
STEM education for space technology because they see this as a critical
national security need. This grant has a big budget and could be a big
boost to one or more projects for the group.

What we need from you is project ideas. The AFRL has four "Core Technology
Competencies" (out of seven total) that seem like they would be a good fit
for us as a group.

*1. Space Electronics:*
Description: "The Space Electronics CTC consists of a number of programs
and projects whose purpose is to develop the space electronics technology
base required to field the next generation of DoD space systems. These
programs run the gamut from electronics materials to devices to components
to boards to subsystems to systems to networks. They also include studying
space radiation effects on various electronics components and providing
space electronics components maximum failure tolerance for such effects.
These programs all carry a common theme; provide the electronics
capabilities required at an affordable cost with an acceptable level of
risk that can survive the environment of space, both natural and man-made.
Proposals that cover fundamental research into any of these topics will be
considered."

Projects: CubeSat, radiation testing, COTS in space, SDR GPS

*2. Space Environmental Impacts and Mitigation:*
Description: "The focus of the Space Environmental Impacts and Mitigation
CTC is to enable four functions: (1) the design of systems robust to the
space environment without requiring the expense of over designing for
poorly understood environments; (2) the attribution of system anomalies or
failure due to the space environment to definitively distinguish them from
the actions of an adversary or other causes; (3) the effective forecasting
of environmental system impacts to allow for planning and effective
response; and (4) to actively modify the space environment in order to
eliminate or produce specific effects."

Projects: thermovac; vacuum welding; open-source environmental testing
hardware

*3. Space Platforms & Operations Technologies*
Description: "The Space Platforms and Operations Technologies CTC develops
space platform components for power generation; spacecraft structures;
communication; and guidance, navigation, and control subsystems. It also
validates components on small platforms and verifies performance
improvement through subscale experiments and analysis. Finally it
implements new capabilities by developing and contributing to space
experiments, enabling new high performance missions, and implementing new
operations paradigms. Proposals that cover fundamental research into any of
these topics will be considered."

Projects: flight computer stack; sensor fusion; deployables; DxWiFi


*4. Strategic Systems and Responsive Launch Technologies*Description: "This
includes developing technologies to support the strategic missions,
including Conventional Prompt Global Strike and the Strategic Nuclear
Mission. Technologies should address ways to enhance security, reliability,
and availability while reducing cost of ownership and maintenance logistics
for the entire weapon system. Proposals that cover fundamental research on
these topics as well as enabling technologies for low-cost access to space
will be considered."

Projects: electric turbopump liquid motor


Give those a read and put your collective noggins to work!
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