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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.

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. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor.

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New for 2021: Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
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Project:  NASA Big Idea Challenge: Habitat Orientable & Modular Electrodynamic Shield (HOMES)
Disciplines:  Multidisciplinary, Aerospace/ Space Engineering
Mentor:  Soon-Jo Chung, Bren Professor, (EAS), SJCHUNG@CALTECH.EDU, Phone: 626-396-6294
Mentor URL:  https://eas.caltech.edu/people/sjchung  (opens in new window)
Background:  The Caltech students are invited by NASA to further develop their innovative idea of developing their Habitat Orientable & Modular Electrodynamic Shield (HOMES) - completely customizable and highly modular tile-based dust mitigation system for lunar exploration. https://youtu.be/d_2UnNPtdXQ
Description:  We will have a strong research component of Electrodynamic Dust Shielding (EDS), Space Systems Engineering, and Control and Robotic Systems. Through this challenge, NASA seeks innovative ideas from the academic community for a wide range of lunar dust mitigation solutions for issues including reducing dust clouds upon landing, dust removal from spacesuits and other surfaces, dust obstruction of optical systems, and reducing in-cabin particulate levels, among others. Specifically, teams are invited to propose innovative solutions with supporting original engineering and analysis in response to one of the following areas:
(1) Landing Dust Prevention and Mitigation - to preclude or protect from plume/surface interactions which may result in damaged landers and nearby surface assets. (2) Spacesuit Dust Tolerance and Mitigation - to limit dust adherence to spacesuits and other deleterious effects to its subsystems. (3) Exterior Dust Prevention, Tolerance, and Mitigation -to protect lunar surface systems or preclude dust from entering habitats and landers Cabin Dust Tolerance and Mitigation - to clean habitable volumes and their interior surfaces, which helps prevent dust from making it back to Gateway and Orion when the lander returns to lunar orbit from the surface.

Caltech's current design: https://youtu.be/d_2UnNPtdXQ
References:  http://bigidea.nianet.org/
Student Requirements:  All Areas of EAS.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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