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WVRTC Talks Zero-G Testing with WVU Students

DSC_0588The West Virginia University Micro-Gravity Student Research Team visited the WV Robotic Technology Center for an interactive day to cover micro-gravity testing for advancing scientific and space exploration objectives.  The WVU team is planning to test an experimental procedure to evaluate the effects of low-gravity environments on soldering operations.  The flight is projected in the 2017 timeframe, and in preparation for mission success, the student team is gathering information on all aspects of simulated environment testing.

The students were eager to learn about the past experiences of the WVRTC with Zero-G flight and Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) test campaigns    Dr. John Kuhlman from the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department is the lead faculty member on the student team and partnered with the WVRTC for outreach initiatives to support student development.

The students toured the WVRTC facility and received a short overview of how the WVRTC team assists robotic satellite servicing and asteroid exploration initiatives.  The technology being developed at the Center was showcased in hands-on robot demonstrations in the simulation laboratory.  The WVRTC team will continue to support the students as the prepare to tackle their micro-gravity test in the coming semester.

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