NASA Space Grant Program
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott Campus Space Grant (ERAU-PC AZSG) Program is a part of Arizona Space Grant.
The primary goal of the ERAU-PC AZ SG program is encompassed by the Arizona Space Grant goal: To recruit and train professionals, especially women and underrepresented minorities, for careers in aerospace science, technology, and allied fields.
We do this by providing research opportunities aligning with NASA Mission Directorates: Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD), and Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).
The ERAU-PC AZ SG program includes two components:
a. The Undergraduate Research Internship Program: A competitive program in which students work with a faculty mentor on an individual or a team research project
- Application for this program is linked with the Undergraduate Research Institute application process with calls for research to be conducted during academic and summer terms.
b. Research Infrastructure Projects: Ongoing research projects focused on core areas of research at ERAU aligned with NASA Priorities. These include:
- Aerospace STEM Challenges to Educate New Discoverers (ASCEND): Student teams from across the state design and build small payloads for launch from high altitude weather balloons. Teams measure various atmospheric parameters as a function of altitude up to about 100,000 feet and some obtain a series of timed images of the Earth throughout the balloon's ascent to characterize surface features, cloud structure, and the Earth's curvature.
- EagleSat Lab
- Rocket Development Laboratory (RDL)