NASA NEEMO XX @ Embry-Riddle provides the University with a large educational, social and professional network that encourages the growth of students, faculty, and business cooperation’s. The implementation of Embry-Riddles involvement in future NASA NEEMO missions will require determining a point of contacts from all the four collages of the university. The implementation will require internal and external funding sources to be determined by the organization and its departmental leads. The organization of future missions will require long term planning. The outcome puts students in first hand interactions with NASA employees from numerous departments. The opportunity offers research and industry partnership options.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s students, faculty, administration and outside sponsors joined together to represent the University in NASA NEEMO 19. The two-week event put students in location at Aquarius onshore facilities in the Florida Keys to conduct hands on research along side NASA aquanauts and administration. Human Factors students lead by professor Dr. Jason Kring participated in numerous studies including the complex issues of communication delays in long distance space operations. A cooperative team from the Society for Industiral and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) lead by Mathematics professor Dr. Hong Liu was able to conduct littorial water experiments on their first Eco-Dolphin Prototype. Financial Support from local sponsors such as TELEDYNE and the ERAU board of trusties enabled these research opportunities.
Embry-Riddle representatives along with NASA NEEMO coordinators and TELEDYNE expressed interest to ensue future coops. The NASA NEEMO project along with the University could benefit from future missions such as the proposed NEEMO 20 in July 2015. This connection is a critical link in testing procedures currently used by NASA for deep space missions to come. NEEMO missions show how important underwater testing is a useful tool in preparing components and users for space travel.
Embry-Riddle is leading the way in developing many space applications. Many current research projects would benefit from this opportunity to get hands on feedback from the NASA Aquanauts. Opportunities to conduct cooperative experiments and get students involved in NASA’s schedules create a clear pathway to the future.
The university has the ability to put the students in the path of a unique opportunity. Effectively utilizing the universities ideal geographical location close to the coastline opens the path for large growth opportunities. Through the support for NASA NEEMO and underwater research objectives provides a link to high business growth opportunities in the states of Florida. The shoreline economy also provides internships and employment in high paying jobs. ERAU large number of certified divers and dive club give the obtainable goal to allow our students to visit the Aquarius facility in the near future.