Micro-G

NExT

Micro-G

NExT

NASA’s Microgravity University proposes a series of design challenges for undergraduate students on an annual basis, which directly relate to space exploration missions. During fall semester, Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams develop and propose a tool or device which meets the requirements of their preferred challenge. NASA officials review submitted proposals and offer the opportunity for selected teams’ lead officials to test their devices in-person at the Johnson Space Center’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

A subset of the University at Buffalo’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) chapter, Micro-g NExT is an entirely student-run club which operates alongside the Design-Build-Fly (DBF) team. Membership is open to all undergraduates of any major and provides opportunities for mentorship to faculty, graduate students, and community members. Students collectively research, then design and document their solution to one of the NASA challenges in a technical proposal. Alongside design, members gain hands-on experience testing and building components for a working prototype, as well as contribute to local organizations and events for community outreach.


Joshua Duell

Vice Captain

Teresa Bompczyk

Captain


Joshua Duell

Vice Captain

SAVER
2020

Designed an autonomous surface vehicle capable of assisting astronauts in distress in a marine time environment, through location and delivery of crew survival aids.

Proposal
MinOS
                     
2019

Designed a Mini-arm-end-effector for NASA’s recently designed robotic “Mini-Arm”

Proposal
EEMA
2018

Designed a zip tie cutters which is able to cut zip ties of a variety of widths and compositions while minimizing damage to the wires, and simultaneously retaining the zip tie.

Proposal
PNEU-Core
2017

Designed a Subsurface Sampling device tool which has the ability to extract subsurface samples in microgravity conditions while minimizing cross contamination between the samples.

Proposal

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