- The Mobile Integrated Solutions Laboratory (MISL) is an undergraduate research lab in which students get the opportunity to apply the concepts learned in class to hands-on tasks and projects with real-world applications for the public and private sector. This includes several STEM outreach programs, space-oriented projects, and electronic systems for various other customers.
- The objective of the MISL Stack is to create small microcontroller applications that work in system that is modular, scalable and reconfigurable. The ability to quickly prototype designs that are rich in features is a key goal in the creation of the MISL Stack. Its architecture provides space-qualified, rack-and-stack layers that allow embedded systems developers to quickly create the hardware platform that meets the specific requirements of the project.
- For more information regarding the MISL stack, including the Bus Architecture, design files for the specific layers, and some of the projects its involved in, follow the link below.
- Strata-1 is an experiment to study asteroid regolith in a microgravity environment for an extended period of time. Regolith is a fine, pulverized material on the surface of airless bodies like the moon, asteroids, and comets. Strata-1 includes four clear tubes containing different regolith simulant materials. It will autonomously image the movement of the simulants during its year on-orbit.
Students working with NASA Strata-1 team
- Through this experiment, NASA hopes to find answers to questions such as:
- How does regolith evolve under extended microgravity and ambient vibration?
- What roles do particle density, particle shape, and particle composition play in the evolution of regolith?
- Strata-1 will have gone form concept to flight-ready in as little as 10 months. The final project is being launched to the International Space Station on SpaceX-10 in Spring 2016.
The Future of Strata
- The science community has shown great interest in Strata-1. Therefore, plans for Strata-2 are already underway. Future investigations could involve active components in the sample tubes such as probes or mechanisms to study regolith properties, impacts, and collisions. Strata can also serve as a platform to study the dynamics of inter-particle interactions, planetary formation, and a number of regolith properties such as cohesion, adhesion, and the Brazil nut effect.