University of Central Florida Students Among Participants in NASA Spacesuit Technology Challenge

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working to improve how astronauts communicate with mission control

Students from the University of Central Florida will participate in a virtual presentation of the NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technology for Students (NASA SUITS) challenge will be held Thursday, June 11 at 1 p.m. (NASA image)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Students from the University of Central Florida will participate in a virtual presentation of the NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technology for Students (NASA SUITS) challenge will be held Thursday, June 11 at 1 p.m.

NASA SUITS, one of NASA’s Artemis Student Challenges, tasks teams of college and university students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality environments.

The challenge provides students with an authentic engineering design experience that will engage them in the innovative science critical to NASA’s Artemis program, which will land the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024.

The students’ work with the challenge may improve how astronauts communicate with mission control on the ground as they perform moonwalks.

These human-autonomy enabling technologies are necessary for the increased demands of lunar surface exploration.

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Student teams participating in the 2020 challenge include:

■ Boise State University in Boise, Idaho
■ Chapman University in Orange, California
■ Columbia University in New York City
■ Duquesne University in Pittsburgh
■ Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida
■ Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
■ Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore
■ Kent University in Ohio
■ Norco College in Norco, California
■ North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina
■ Riverside City College in Riverside, California
■ Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico
■ Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey
■ Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas
■ University of Akron in Akron, Ohio
■ University of Baltimore
■ University of Colorado, Boulder
■ University of Massachusetts Boston
■ University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
■ University of North Texas in Denton, Texas
■ Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia

Artemis Student Challenges are managed by the NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. The program helps support the agency education policy of using NASA’s unique missions and programs to engage and encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math careers.

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