AbstractThe Mars Mission Research Center (MMRC) is one of nine University Space Engineering Research Centers established in June 1988 by NASA's Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology to broaden the nation's engineering capability to meet the critical needs fo the civilian space program. It includes North Carolina State University (NCSU) at Raleigh and on North Carolina A&T State University at Greensboro. The goal of the Center is to focus on research and educational technologies necessary for planetary exploration, especially transportation to and from our moon and Mars. The research combines mission analysis and design, hypersonic aerodynamics, structures and controls, composite materials, and fabrications. Covered here are activities of the Center from June to April 1992. The Center supports 26 graduate students, 29 undergraduates, 27 faculty and 6 staff. An additional 88 undergraduates worked on four special projects. Three facilities at A&T were renovated and a new 7,000 square foot facility was occupied at NCSU in October 1991. Five laboratories have been developed for composite processing and fabrication facility (A&T), materials testing (A&T), weaving (NCSU), braiding (NCSU), and structures (NCSU). During the past two years, the Center added a new dimension to its program - special projects which involve analysis, design, construction, and testing. The first two projects were full-scale research models of a Mars aerobrake and the HL-20 Personnel Launch System. Both projects received considerable new coverage and appeared in national publications. Additional projects include a model of a Mars Exclusion Vehicle, an Orbiter Ejector, and a Remotely Operated Vehicle. The Orbiter Ejector is scheduled to fly on Shuttle Flight STS-47 in October 1992. Special projects have increased undergraduate student participation and provided a mechanism for more interaction between the universities, NASA centers, and industries. The faculty developed 26 new courses related to the activities of the Center. They conducted four workshops on interplanetary spacecraft, lunar/Mars aerobrakes, spacecraft controls, and aerodynamic heating. The Outreach Program developed into a significant component of the Center. Faculty and students have conducted 12 tours of facilities and given 67 lectures to schools (grade k-12) and civic organizations.
Document ID: 19920024251
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