GOLD Mission Takes Next Step for End-of-Year Launch

GOLD Mission Takes Next Step for End-of-Year Launch

An instrument that will provide unprecedented imaging of the Earth’s upper atmosphere has been successfully installed on a commercial satellite that will carry it into geostationary orbit some 22,000 miles above the planet. The GOLD instrument, which is short for Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk,  is expected to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon […]

NASA Mission is One Step Closer to Launching into Space

A NASA instrument that will study the upper atmosphere and the impact of space weather on Earth is a step closer on its journey into space. The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission, led by University of Central Florida (UCF) scientist Richard Eastes, is scheduled to launch in late 2017 from Florida. […]

UCF's Connection to Historic Pluto Flyby

When the New Horizons spacecraft passes within a mere 7,750 miles of Pluto on Tuesday, many at the University of Central Florida will be cheering for the historic flight and its leader, S. Alan Stern. Stern, whose advocacy, tenacity and some would say sheer bull-headedness are largely to credit for the selection and execution of […]

UCF Pushes Space Frontier, Selected to Fly on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo

A UCF experiment and a 3-D printer for space developed by a UCF graduate will fly on the first NASA-funded commercial research flight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. NASA and Virgin Galactic   announced Tuesday that 12 university experiments, two industry-developed technologies and two NASA projects were selected for the mission. Joshua Colwell, a UCF physics […]

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This UCF-Designed Tech is Amazing

A team of UCF scientists has developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors that can store more energy and be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading. The novel method from the University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center could eventually revolutionize technology as varied as mobile phones and electric vehicles. “If they were to replace the batteries with these supercapacitors, you could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn’t need to charge it again for over a week,” said Nitin Choudhary, a postdoctoral associate who conducted much of the research.