Washington University in St. Louis’s
(WUSTL) Reduced Gravity Team was selected to conduct research through
NASA’s Systems Engineering Educational Discover
y (SEED) program. As part of the SEED program, eachselected team, with the assistance of a NASA mentor and a faculty mentor, develops an experiment to testonboard a reduced gravity aircraft. The team writes all necessary documentation, builds the experiment,builds the test bed, flies the experiment on the reduced gravity aircraft, and, after, conducts data analysis toanswer their research questions.The WUSTL team, consisting of six students from a variety of engineering disciplines, was assigned the project:
Development of Feedwater Supply Assembly for Spacesuit Cooling.
Our team was tasked with
designing aFeedwater Supply Assembly (FSA) for the next spacesuit
Advanced Portable Life Support System (APLSS). After several months of planning and ground testing, our team tested our design in April aboard the Zero-
modified Boeing 727 aircraft which creates a microgravity environment.The primary objective of our project was to design, prototype, and test a novel Feedwater Supply Assembly that meta set of criteria provided by our NASA mentor. The FSA prototype was tested in two separate microgravity flights.Through the project, we aimed to create a functional FSA prototype and learn more about the design process andfeasible design characteristics for a FSA. As part of the microgravity test flights we also sought to conduct science and engineering outreach to K-12 students.This year, we gave outreach presentations to local students and conducted outreach experiments demonstrating thecharacteristics of gravity. In addition, photos and videos are available on our website.