AZ Space Grant Research Interns come from all colleges at the Prescott Campus and work on a diversity of aspects that align with and move NASA's Mission, "Drive advances in science, technology, aeronautics, and space exploration to enhance knowledge, education, innovation, economic vitality and stewardship of Earth" forward.
Here, Space Grant Research Interns share their research stories:
Heuristic Optimization Applied to Orbital Transfers in the Three-Body Problem
Research for my topic covers mathematical optimization methods and their purpose in spaceflight mechanics. With an example problem tested on orbital transfers in the Circular Restricted Three-Body Problem, such as a transfer from Low-Martian Orbit to a Lunar Distant Retrograde Orbit. The optimization will prove the minimum design variables of a direct 2-burn maneuver for a spacecraft. Design parameters that optimize the desired orbital transfer will be simulated in a software application such as MATLAB for verification through numerical evaluation.
Amber Scarbrough, Software Engineering - May 2021
Investigation of Asteroid Deflection Strategies for 99942 Apophis
This project studies the asteroid 99942 Apophis and its threat towards Earth. The project quantitatively examines the effectiveness of performing a kinematic impact maneuver on the asteroid during a close Earth approach in 2029.