Engineering R&D

engineering_rd NASA innovation includes the development of breakthrough aeronautics, space exploration, and Earth science technologies and the advancement of existing or new technologies. These technologies will support a new generation of more affordable, more reliable, and more effective space systems, and improved means of address environmental challenges on Earth. The research and technology development efforts start by identifying key challenges facing humans and robots and then trying to come up with the best possible solutions to these challenges. Once solutions are identified, we begin research and initiate development of technologies that will help us overcome these key challenges. NASA is planning a series of missions linked by powerful new technologies and complementary approaches to shared science goals. Some of these involve research and development taking place in Arizona, and you have the potential to participate through a Space Grant Undergraduate Internship!

Can you imagine yourself working with a faculty or professional mentor…

  • Designing, constructing and launching satellites with science-based payloads?
  • Creating a tracking system for picosatellites?
  • Developing Gamma ray detectors?
  • Developing schematics for a lunar rover controlled over the internet?
  • Devising a system for "mining" fuel from the Martian atmosphere?
  • Developing new materials for space flight and harsh environments?
  • Developing technologies to access the subsurface and acquire samples for in situ analysis?
  • Developing methodologies for autonomously compensating for wind drift on a parachute or other drag device during low altitude, low speed flight?
  • Optimizing critical aircraft components using finite element analysis?
  • Developing and advanced active terrain mapping sensor
  • Compute aeroacoustics of canard rotor wind tip jet interactions?
  • Building polymer-based microsensors?
  • Designing and developing a space debris satellite?
  • Developing muon trigger electronics?
  • Synthesizing order materials for opto-electronic applications?
  • Fabricate fibers for parallel an interferometer process?
  • Applying carbon-fiber rods in micro-aerial vehicles?
  • Designing tilt-winged aircraft?
  • Modeling a ship-based UAV helicopter landing platform?
  • Predicting wind turbine power?
  • Developing a deployable antenna system for separating satellites?
  • Fabricating a high speed autonomous rotor vehicle?
  • Reconstructing the energy spectrum of a clinical photon beam?
  • Characterizing the optics of a field portable spectrometer?
  • Developing a solar powered pump or a solar powered refrigeration unit?
  • Designing a photovoltaic concentrator system?
  • Creating a negative high voltage discharge circuit?
  • Designing an electrical power subsystem control board?
  • Designing a space reactor shadow shield?
  • Determining satellite rotational angular rate with solar panels?
  • Conceiving a magneto-spike desing for electrostatic engines?
  • Optimizing high performance electronics in space?
  • Testing positron propulsion?
  • Constructing a coaxial accelerator?