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Florida Space Grant Consortium Funds Project for Undergraduates to Learn About Satellite Tracking, Space Operations
6/27/2003

FORT MYERS, FL - The Florida Space Grant Consortium, under authority of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, awarded a $19,697 grant to Florida Gulf Coast University to fund the project “Undergraduate Student Education in Real-Time Satellite Tracking for Ground Control Station.”

FGCU undergraduate students will assist in the development of a system of satellite tracking that will operate within the framework of the Satellite Ground Control Station at the University of Central Florida’s Florida Space Institute.

A series of undergraduate laboratory exercises for satellite tracking, available through the Internet, will enhance classes in sciences and engineering.

FGCU students will learn principles of satellite and space operations, and details of software development for sophisticated real-time computer systems used in space.

The project will provide a background for space-related workforce development in Southwest Florida and will teach students at other Florida universities the principles of satellite tracking. Ultimately, it will contribute to the development of a full course in satellite tracking and operations.

The project combines the experiences of FGCU and UCF/FSI faculty, and will use joint facilities such as UCF/FSI’s high-speed real-time computer hardware and software, and FGCU’s telescope at the Evelyn L. Egan Astronomical Observatory.

FGCU associate professor in the College of Business Janusz Zalewski is primary investigator of the project, and physicist, astronomer and primary scientist at the Egan Observatory Michael Fauerbach is co-investigator.

The project period ends May 15, 2004.

For more information, contact Zalewski at (239) 590-7317 or zalewski@fgcu.edu .

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