Welcome to the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium's Website!
As one of 52 members of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, our mission is to expand opportunities for Pennsylvanians to learn about and participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing science, technology... click here for more of Dr. Christopher House's welcome message.
Special Call for PSGC Graduate Fellowship Applications
We are now accepting applications for the PSGC Graduate Research Fellowship from graduate students enrolled in the colleges of Earth & Mineral Sciences and Health & Human Development.
This award is a two-year fellowship in the amount of $5,000 per year given to Penn State graduate students pursuing masters or doctoral degrees in fields of study that promote the understanding, assessment, and utilization of space science and technology, and contribute to NASA's mission directorates.
First "hot fire" test successful for Lunar Lion
The Penn State Lunar Lion Team successfully completed its first “hot fire” test at the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory’s high-energy test facility, paving the way for testing of rocket engines for NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
The first test, using a gaseous oxygen and methane thruster, was designed to replicate many of the design features and components required for testing the NASA rocket engines, referred to as “pencil thrusters” due to their size being no larger than a pencil.
“This is an important milestone for the team,” said Michael Paul, Lunar Lion team leader and director of Space Systems Initiatives for ARL. “Our students and staff worked together to build this test system so that any student could safely perform a rocket engine test – and several students got to the opportunity to run tests from start to finish. We’re now ready to move on to testing the pencil thrusters in hopes of being able to use them on the Lunar Lion.”
Penn State is the only university entered in a 22-team international competition, the Google Lunar XPRIZE, to land a privately-funded spacecraft on the Moon by 2015. The Lunar Lion team is currently comprised of more than 80 undergraduate and graduate students who have the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the safe design, construction and operation of a spacecraft.
Upcoming tests of the NASA “pencil thrusters” are designed to qualify engines for use in the construction of a terrestrial vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, a prototype for the space vehicle being built at Penn State for a lunar landing in 2015.
:: Website updated: 02/13/2013
Next page: About Us