With NASA’s Help, High-Tech UCF Sensor Payload Headed for Stratosphere

With NASA’s Help, High-Tech UCF Sensor Payload Headed for Stratosphere

NASA and a UCF physics professor plan to launch a high-altitude balloon on Sunday to test a high-tech payload that may one day be used to detect life on other planets. A team led by Robert Peale of the University of Central Florida’s Department of Physics is sending an experimental sensor the size of a […]

  • UCF Students Among 100 Finalists to Live – and Die – on Mars

    If all goes according to plan, UCF graduate student George W. Hatcher will die on Mars. Hatcher is one of two University of Central Florida doctoral students selected as finalists for a one-way mission to Mars. The other, a 29-year-old pursuing his doctorate in computer science, is Taranjeet Singh Bhatia. Mars One, a not-for-profit foundation based […]

  • From Vomit Comet to CubeSat, Professor Looks for Origin of Solar System

    Several small-scale experiments aboard NASA’s vomit comet have led to a NASA grant to study early planet formation aboard a satellite in low-Earth orbit for a year or more. University of Central Florida physics professor Joshua Colwell this month landed a grant to place a thermos-sized experiment aboard a satellite as part of NASA’s CubeSat […]

  • College of Sciences Presents Inaugural Outstanding AlumKnights Awards

    On Feb. 5, the University of Central Florida College of Sciences and its alumni chapter hosted the inaugural Outstanding AlumKnights award reception at the Orlando Science Center. COS Dean, Dr. Michael Johnson welcomed the crowd, and faculty representatives from each of the college’s 10 departments and school presented the awards to their respective recipients. The […]


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  • Dove Lands NASA Grant; Study Charging Phenomena on Space Vehicles

    There are many dangers when launching a vehicle into space from liftoff to landing, but one University of Central Florida researcher just secured a grant to help NASA solve a problem that doesn’t often catch headlines – electrostatic charging on spacecraft surfaces. The problem can lead to anything from fried electrical circuits to an explosion. […]

  • Inaugural 'UCF Celebrates the Arts' Festival to Showcase Talent at Dr. Phillips Center

    Staging a week of artistic presentations – ranging from a musical based on historic Civil War diaries and letters, to the futuristic tale of a young boy traveling to the edge of a black hole – the University of Central Florida will host UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 at the new Dr. Phillips Center for […]

  • Major Inspiration

    Sarah Sacra, ’13, has always been intrigued by human behavior, so she didn’t have to give much thought to her undergraduate major: psychology. “I enjoyed when friends came to me to tell me something — picking up on their body language and how they spoke, in combination with their personalities. It was very interesting,” she […]

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Hand-A-Thon: Building Bionic Hands for Kids

Volunteers help build mechanical hands for kids at the UCF Limbitless Hand-A-Thon.