Nathan,

Can we dedicate some Tuesday time to making sure that this happens?

On Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 10:10 PM Aaron Baker <bitmapve...@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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