Space Days

The 5th Annual Space Days at UA will be fully virtual this year! Check back for details on event sessions and workshops that will be offered by our industry partners Nov. 9-12. The goal of the event is to offer all UA College of Engineering students the opportunity to explore future career possibilities, network with industry leaders and recruiters and engage in the growing field of space.

Agenda

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MONDAY Nov. 9

1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. CST
Pathways and Education/Internships at NASA MSFC

Presenter: Tracey Washington
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2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CST
Getting your foot in the door at Northrop Grumman

Meeting ID: 160 6644 0906

Password: NGDSURR

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3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. CST
Missile & Space Intelligence Center (MSIC) will host an hour long virtual information session.

Open to U.S. citizens only. Registration required.
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5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. CST
Aerojet Rocketdyne Early Career Experiences Panel Discussion

Join a panel of UA Engineering alumni working at Aerojet Rocketdyne to hear about their post-grad experience.
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TUESDAY Nov. 10

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
UA Space Project Presentation

UA Space is a student-lead organization composed of Aerospace Engineering majors whose goal is to build a 3U CubeSat. Not only will we have a satellite in orbit next year, but we also work to pave the way for the future of UASpace by establishing a strong infrastructure and creating a robust satellite development process. We want our knowledge to have a greater impact, so we are participating in educational outreach with schools throughout Alabama, concentrating on the black belt region where opportunities are more scarce. Industry partners, alumni and students are invited to join us to learn more about our organization.
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2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CST
Internship Opportunities at NASA with Ann Patterson-Hine, NASA Ames Research Center

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4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. CST
Overview of Northrop Grumman Space Programs

Presenter: Mike Fuller, Business Development for NASA Programs at Northrop Grumman
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6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST
Decatur’s Best & Brightest Program Overview

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WEDNESDAY Nov. 11

10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. CST
SLS Green Run Fall 2020

Presenter – Dominic Lunde, Aerojet Rocketdyne

The SLS is going to be the rocket to take us to the moon and beyond! In order to ensure parts of the SLS work correctly, we test them over and over again. One of those tests is the Core Stage Green Run where we will fire all 4 RS-25 engines with the Core Stage in the B2 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. The SLS is built around the country with tons of amazing people as part of the team. The Artemis program will launch the first woman and the next man to the moon and it’s going to be an incredible ride. Join this presentation to learn more about the SLS, the Core Stage Green Run, the RS-25 Engine and Dominic’s specialty, Transient Analysis.
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11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. CST
Alabama Astrobotics Virtual Zoom Booth

Alabama Astrobotics is hosting a virtual booth for UA’s Space Days! Join us to hear about our team, our competition, and our outreach work. This is an open meeting for all industry professionals and UA faculty/staff/students. This session is come & go.
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12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
Decatur’s Best & Brightest Program Overview

Decatur, AL which has been named a top destination city for STEM young professionals, has launched The Best and Brightest Initiative, the nation’s first comprehensive incentive package for STEM young professionals. The program offers the following benefits: student loan repayment, mentoring, getting involved and networking.
Attend one of the two sessions to learn how to apply to this exceptional program.
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1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. CST
Interviewing and Career Development with NASA’s Rachel McCauley

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2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. CST
In-space propulsion for NASA’s Artemis program: past, present, and future development

Presenter – David Krismer, Aerojet Rocketdyne

NASA’s Artemis program will lead humanity forward to the Moon and prepare us for the next giant leap, the exploration of Mars. The foundation for our return to the Moon is NASA’s deep space transportation architecture: the Orion spacecraft, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the Gateway lunar orbiting outpost, and the Human Landing System (HLS). Aerojet Rocketdyne provides numerous propulsion elements for the Artemis space and launch vehicles. AR provides the reliable, flight-proven RS-25 and RL-10 rocket engines for the core and upper stage of the SLS that carry Orion into orbit and on to deep space. Orion contains 21 AR rocket engines on the Orion crew and service modules, and the jettison motor for Orion’s Launch Abort System. The Gateway spacecraft’s Solar Electrical Propulsion (SEP) System is three times more powerful than current electric propulsion systems and provides Gateway with highly efficient delta-V and attitude control capabilities. The HLS vehicles include the powered descent element, the human rated ascent element, and the lunar orbit transfer element. This presentation will cover the specific propulsion hardware provided by Aerojet Rocketdyne for NASA’s Artemis program and a brief overview of their flight heritage.
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3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. CST
In-Space and Additive Manufacturing presented by Jeramie Broadway, NASA MSFC

An overview of activities centered around in-space manufacturing, on-orbit manufacturing and terrestrial based for-space manufacturing. As the Agency returns to the moon and makes plans to live and work sustainably on the surface, the ability to fabricate and repair components, systems and assets is critical to achieving those plans. We will review the current and needed technologies being developed to enable the Agency to achieve those goals.
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THURSDAY Nov. 12

9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. CST
Missile & Space Intelligence Center (MSIC) will host an hour long virtual information session.

Open to U.S. citizens only. Registration required.
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10 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. CST
Enhancing Your Soft Skills

Virtual Workshop hosted by Lauren Youngblood of Northrop Grumman,
Meeting ID: 160 6644 0906
Password: NGDSURR
Please note: This is a government Zoom account. If you are having issues logging in, try a different browser or call in on your phone.
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12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. CST
Human Landing System Architecture

Presenter – Britton Reynolds, AEM 2018, Aerojet Rocketdyne

On March 26, 2019, Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to return humans to the surface of the moon by 2024. In response, NASA is working with industry to develop a Human Landing System (HLS) to transfer two crew from an orbiting platform in high Lunar Orbit down to the lunar surface and back. This paper presents architecture trade study results from the Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) NextSTEP-2 Appendix E: Human Landing System Studies, Risk Reduction, Development, and Demonstration contract with NASA. This architecture trade study includes an examination of a range of HLS configurations, launch vehicle options, concept-of-operations (CONOPS) options, main propulsion options, and other subsystem design options. Cost, schedule, reliability, extensibility, and performance attributes were assessed for each HLS architecture option analyzed. Each HLS architecture option was scored based on these attribute results utilizing the utility analysis methodology. High scoring options were further studied with alternate attribute weightings and Monte Carlo uncertainty analyses.
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1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Alabama Rocketry Association

Tune in to learn about Alabama Rocketry Association and their current projects. It’s a come & go session.
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Contact Liz Moore at liz.moore@ua.edu if you have any questions.

2020 Industry Participants

 

Out of this World

Although we will not be able to meet in-person this year, the College of Engineering wants to ensure you still have a fun, personalized experience. Join in the fun with our templates of customizable virtual still shots! Follow the prompts to build your own personalized Space Days at UA souvenir to use during the virtual sessions.

Example Options

a space suit by the Orion Nebula
a space suit on a Moon Walk
a space suit in space for a City Lights Space Walk
a space suit on Mars

Past Space Days


Space images via NASA galleries.

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