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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2017 can be found here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

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Project:  In-orbit Capture Mechanism Design for Mars Sample Return
Disciplines:  Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering
Mentor:  Paulo Younse, (JPL), Paulo.J.Younse@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 393-6706
Background:  The proposed Mars sample return campaign will return rock cores from Mars. These samples are planned for collection with the Mars 2020 rover and launch into orbit with a followup mission. The proposed Next Mars Orbiter (NeMO) is planned to have a capture mechanism to capture the samples in-orbit for return to Earth.
Description:  The project will consist of designing mechanical devices using CAD software on the computer, ordering and assembling parts for prototyping on a workbench, testing the capture techniques in the lab, and reporting on capture performance and recommendations for future development.
Student Requirements:  Physics, mechanical design, materials science, thermodynamics, Solidworks or CAD design
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.


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