NASA has selected two Space Cowboys teams from Oklahoma State University for the 2019 Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT).
These OSU students will design and test systems for use in deep space along with teams from universities across the country. The Micro-g NExT program enables undergraduate students to conduct science, engineering, mathematical and technological experiments in a simulated microgravity environment at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. Each team will work with NASA scientists to develop their system prior to testing on-site at the NASA Johnson Space Center in May 2019. OSU has had teams selected for every Micro-g NExT campaign since its inception four years ago, but this is the first year that OSU has had two teams selected for the program.
OSU Team SEDNA is developing a Sharp Edge Detection and Neutralization Apparatus, while Team SCORPIO will be designing and testing a Simple Camera Omni-directional Restraint for Photography and Inscription Orientation. SEDNA is led by mechanical and aerospace engineering (MAE) junior Reid Williams and includes team members Nathan Dunn, Simon Devlin, Kyle VanDeventer, Ryan Platt and Katelyn Powell. SCORPIO is led by MAE junior Skyler Jacob and includes team members Lucas Herrara, Aiden Dartion, Hannah Linzy, Sam Verschelden and Garrett Townsend. The teams were mentored by the 2018 Space Cowboys team lead Alexis Vance. Reid Williams, Skyler Jacob and Alexis Vance are all part of the CEAT Scholars program. The Space Cowboys faculty advisor is OSU Prof. Jamey Jacob.