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SPHERES-Slosh among Top Projects from ISS for 2013

The SPHERES-Slosh experiment.

An experiment on the International Space Station from Gabriel Lapilli, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was named one of three 2013 Top Engineering Development and Technology Maturation with a Focus on Commercial and Exploration Applications at the ISS Research and Development Conference in June.

Data gleaned from the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES)-Slosh demonstration, which seeks to understand how fluids move inside containers during long-duration flight in microgravity, can be applied to how rocket fuels move around in their tanks, and that in turn may enable advanced technology for the next generation of spacecraft that will travel to an asteroid, Mars and beyond.

Lapilli credited the full project team from Florida Tech, NASA\’s Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center, Ames Research Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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