Next generation of space tech being designed by UCF researchers

ORLANDO, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Central Florida are working to design the next generation of space technology.

From advanced propulsion systems to lunar landing pads, this technology could help expand our knowledge of the solar system and beyond.

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Some of the projects include improvements for interplanetary travel and better landing capabilities on extraterrestrial bodies.

Space technology being developed could be used on planned mission to the moon, Mars and beyond.

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The U.S. Department of Defense is investing heavily in the work with a new $1.5 million award to UCF to propel propulsion technology, and UCF selected the team for a Jump Start award to upgrade its facilities.

Other projects like self-assembling landing pads may be used to improve spacecraft and the ability of other vehicles to land on the moon, Mars or other destinations.

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More information about UCF’s space technology research can be found here.

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