The Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE)

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The Louisiana Space Consortium

(
LaSPACE
)


A summary of the motivation, components,
and mission goals of this Louisiana
-
wide
organization


Dean
Abdalla

Darwish

Department of Physics

Dillard University

New Orleans, LA

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History of LaSPACE


Congress established the National Space Grant College and Fellowship
Program under Title 11 of the NASA Authorization Act of 1988.



LaSPACE was formed in 1991, based on a proposal put forth by Louisiana
with Dr. John Wefel (Louisiana State University) as Principal Investigator.



LaSPACE is a statewide consortium composed of 25 members including 17
affiliate universities and colleges joined by partners from business/industry,
state/local government, state education boards, and nonprofit organizations.



Dillard University has been an affiliate of LaSPACE since 1991. Dean
Abdalla Darwish has been Dillard’s LaSPACE Coordinator since 2009.

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LaSPACE Goals and Objectives


Foster aerospace related science, technology, and engineering research and
education at Louisiana colleges and universities.


Encourage aerospace related industries of Louisiana for economic
development and diversification.


Promote and contribute to science, technology, engineering and
mathematics pre
-
college education excellence


Captivate and educate the general public in NASA’s space exploration
projects as well as Louisiana’s role in the NASA program.


Maintain a cooperative, effective, and inclusive consortium of Louisiana
institutions to promote aerospace related research, education, and economic
development.



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LaSPACE’s University Affiliates



Dillard University


Grambling State University


Louisiana State University


LSU
-
Shreveport


Louisiana Tech University


Loyola University


McNeese State University


Nicholls State University


Northwestern State


University of Louisiana


Southern University and


A & M College







Southeastern Louisiana


University



Southern University in New


Orleans



Tulane University



University of New Orleans



University of Louisiana at


Monroe



University of Louisiana at


Lafayette



Xavier University of Louisiana

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LaSPACE’s Non
-
Academic Partners



BREC Highland Road Park Observatory


Jacobs Technology at Michoud Assembly Facility


SciPort: Louisiana’s Science Center


Louisiana Art and Science Museum


Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education


Louisiana Board of Regents


Louisiana Business & Technology Center


LSU Agricultural Center






Message from our Director



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“Our goal at LaSPACE is to promote
scientific research, workforce development,
and public outreach that will enhance
economic growth and development in
Louisiana, as well as contribute to the
research and technology Mission
Directorates of the Office of Education at
NASA. To this end, Dillard’s affiliation and
contribution to LaSPACE is vitally
important to meeting our institutional goals
and objectives.”

LSU Professor of Physics &

LaSPACE Director

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Meet Dillard’s LaSPACE Coordinator


Dean
Abdalla

Darwish
:



Research Interests
: laser spectroscopy, EPR, and thin film fabrication
by Pulse Laser Deposition (PLD) technique


Teaching Interests
: applying innovative pedagogies such as simulation
programs, critical thinking and inquiry, virtual and video experiments,
and on
-
time
-
teaching pedagogy




“When I joined Dillard in 1998, I recognized the need


to increase the number of STEM graduates. Private


funding has allowed me to establish the Systemic


Research Mentoring Program in the Division of


Natural Sciences, and to secure many BOR and


Federal awards from NSF, NASA, AFOSR, and the US Navy.”









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Information on Dillard University


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LaSPACE Programs: LaACES

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LaACES (Louisiana Aerospace Catalyst Experiences for Students) gives students a
true hands
-
on experience with project management, life
-
cycle experiment
construction, data collection, analysis, and interpretation


Students design, build, fly, and analyze the data returned from small payloads
(typical dimensions 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, typical weight ~500 grams) carried up
to ~100,000 feet by a helium
-
filled latex sounding balloon.


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LaACES Experiences


“LaACES reminded me that resistors are so much more than just jagged lines
on a piece of paper. In fact, learning how to build resistors has made
classroom theory easier to understand. I used to think I was solving problems
in the classroom, I now realize that I was only solving equations.”





Jace Boudreax






2010 LaACES Alum


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LaACES: From Classroom Theory to
Launch Pad!

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Components of the Balloon Vehicle


Latex sounding balloon (~3,000 g)


Parachute (60” Skyangle)


Balloon cutdown


Primary GPS beacon


Primary antenna


Student payloads


Secondary GPS beacon


Secondary antenna


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PACER


PACER (Physics & Aerospace Catalyst Experiences in Research):


An intensive 9
-
week summer research experience program for teams (faculty member plus 3
students) from minority institutions, funded primarily through the NSF.


PACER faculty continue to partner with each institution for multiple academic years as they
establish a research experience program for their local students.



2007: Grambling State University (Grambling, LA)


2008: Norfolk State University (Norfolk, VA)




Interamerican University of Puerto Rico


2009: Albany State University (Albany, GA)




Central State University (Wilberforce, OH)


2010: Knoxville College (Knoxville, TN)


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Images from Student Ballooning
Missions
(GSU HATPac Payload)

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_

Just after liftoff

Ascending 29,000 ft

Ascending 62,000 ft

Ascending 102,000 ft

Just before burst

105,000 ft

Descending
through 48,000 ft

Descending
through 21,000 ft

Just before
touchdown

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Student Ballooning, 2010

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Students look on as an Aerostar
International, Inc. 19,000 cubic
foot, zero
-
pressure balloon is
inflated shortly before launch of
the Knoxville College and
LSU/Lewis College PACER
balloon payloads.

The Aerostar
balloon carried the PACER
payloads to an altitude of 97,000
feet for a duration of about one
hour.

LaSPACE Programs: HASP



HASP (High Altitude Student
Platform) is designed to carry up
to twelve student payloads to an
altitude of about 36 kilometers
with flight durations of 15 to 20
hours using a small volume, zero
pressure balloon




HASP plans to provide a "space
test platform" to encourage
student research and stimulate the
development of student satellite
payloads and other space
-
engineering products.



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HASP

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HASP at ~120,000 feet with
the balloon fully expanded

Ready to fly!

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HASP around the United States

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LaSPACE: Developing a Future
Workforce


ACES

Aerospace Catalyst Experiences for Students

(Joint pilot project with LSU and SUBR)


-

15 Students




LaACES



-

55 Students


-

6 Universities


-

17 Publications




HASP Student Payload Platform

(Nation Wide
)


-

4 Launch (2006
-
2009) 2 Launches (2010
-
11 planned)


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48 Selected Payloads


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21 Universities


-

230 Students


-

12 Publications/Presentations

LaSPACE: Supporting Teacher
Education




The
Barksdale
Airforce

Base
Sci
-
Botics

Teacher Education Program
was launched

in
summer of 2009. During 35 hours of
summertime professional development, 5th
-
8th grade teachers built their skills in
teaching robotics, learned more about
Barksdale’s applied robotics and aeronautics
activities, and earned classroom materials
and lesson plans.





Serving fifteen Bossier teachers and five
Caddo teachers during the 2009
-
2010 school
year, the program improves the teachers’
ability to embrace robotics, create a pipeline
of students for local high school robotics
programs, and strengthen community
relations between the partners.



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Participating teachers bring their students
to compete at Cope Middle School,
Bossier City.

Michoud Education Fellows (MEF)


The purpose of the MEF program is to provide Louisiana
teachers the opportunity to explore how science content,
inquiry skills, mathematics, and communication skills are used
by scientists, engineers, and skilled workers at Michoud.



“This program has been amazing!


It has given me an
enthusiasm for space that will surely translate into my
classroom.

I look forward to this year and all of the benefits
my students will see as a result of my involvement in the NASA
Fellows program.”


Ms. Renee Davis



Madisonville Junior High


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MEF Fellows

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MEF teachers meeting the crew from STS
-
134 on June 10, 2010.

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LaSPACE: Funding Graduate and
Undergraduate Aerospace Innovation


Fellows
: Multi
-
year graduate student support



GSRA
: Graduate Student Research Assistance (single year, renewable)



LURA
: LaSPACE Undergraduate Research Assistants (mentored research
in a faculty member’s group; single
-
year, renewable)



MRS
: Minority Research Scholars (similar to LURA but reserved for
minorities)



Internships
: Summer student placement at NASA Centers or MAF



Senior Design/Competitions
: Aeorspace projects; MoonBuggy competition

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Spotlight on LaSPACE Fellow:

Brent Budden and “LaBrat”































Brent
Budden







LaSPACE

Graduate Fellow








2006


2010

LABORATORY PROTOTYPE


The

Lanthanum

Bromide
-
based

Rotating

Aperture

Telescope

(
LaBRAT
)

is

a

laboratory

prototype

Rotational

Modulator,

developed

at

Louisiana

State

University
.

The

concept

used

for

imaging

photons

at

x
-
ray

and

gamma
-
ray

energies

is

cheaper,

less

complex,

and

lighter

weight

than

the

current

generation

of

satellite
-
based

experiments
.


Spotlight on LURA Scholars: Jerrell
Gibson and William Adkins



At Grambling,
Jerrell

Gibson works on
High Performance polymers and fiber
reinforced polymer composites which
have been found to provide improvements
in materials used in the aerospace industry.




At LSU, William Adkins works on
sampling

microbial life in the troposphere
and stratosphere.

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LURA Scholar Jerrell Gibson

LURA Scholar William Adkins

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Additional LaSPACE Programs


REA: Research Enhancement Awards (BOR funds

building new research
capacity for the sate and the campuses)



URP: Unsolicited Research Proposals (funds available basis)



RIG: Research Initiation Grants

(1) Minority Focus (HBCUs, MSIs only)
and (2) College focus (4 year colleges & smaller institutions only)



MARS: Mobile Astronomy Resource System (Astronomy/space science
truck in collaboration with Highland Road Park Observatory and Cain
Center)


Spotlight on URP Scholars: Leah Garber


At Nicholls State, Chad Young (in collaboration with Tyler Bourke at
Harvard’s Center for Astrophysics) is working to determine the distances to
low
-
mass star
-
forming cores.



With URP scholar, Leah Garber, Drs. Young and Bourke use data from a
variety of NASA, ESO, and USNO archives to calculate the distances to
these star
-
forming cores.


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Leah Garber

Chemistry major at Nicholls State

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Example of Disbursement Totals &
Accomplishments in Research


(1992
-
2009)



REA Research Enhancement Awards


URP Unsolicited Research Proposals


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153 Projects


-

14 Institutions


-

362 Publications/Presentations


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12 Book Chapters


-

4 Lecture Series


-

18 Invention Application, Disclosure, Patents


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9 Theses


-

58 Follow
-
on Proposals


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227 Undergraduate Participants


-

168 Graduate Students


(Disbursement totals also available for graduate and undergraduate fellowship awards,
Research Initiation Grants, and workforce development)


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Add Slides on Dillard’s Activity


Note what students have accomplished


Note in what capacity faculty participate in LaSPACE programs


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