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SPACE Lab

The Space exPloration And spaceCraft Engineering Laboratory (SPACE Lab), led by Professor Paula do Vale Pereira, is part of the Aerospace, Physics, and Space Sciences Department at the Florida Institute of Technology. 

We welcome interest from exceptional graduate students enthusiastic about space exploration. Students who have already been admitted into Florida Tech may contact Professor do Vale Pereira.

About

The SPACE Lab was established in 2023 by Prof. Paula do Vale Pereira. The research laboratory space is equipped with a large optical table (4ft x 8ft), workbenches, and a fume hood. Testing equipment, such as power supplies, oscilloscopes, and function generators, are also available at the lab.

Through the university, we have access to multiple workstations for professional engineering design software such as AGI STK, PTC Creo, and MATLAB. We also have access to multiple prototyping facilities, which are equipped with FDM, SLA, and SLS 3D printers, laser cutters, waterjet cutters, milling machines of 3 and 4 axes, and manual and CNC lathes.

Research

  • Small satellites and CubeSats
  • Probes for the exploration of Ocean Worlds
  • Space exploration hardware development

People

Paula do Vale Pereira
Assistant Professor Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences

pdovalepereira@fit.edu

Gregory Zencey
Ph.D. Student Aerospace Engineering

gzencey2022@my.fit.edu

Research Topic: Exploration of Titan using fixed-wing aerial vehicles

Stephen Sullivan
Ph.D. Student Aerospace Engineering

ssullivan2014@my.fit.edu

Research Topic: Robotics for space exploration

Matthew Austin
Ph.D. Student Aerospace Engineering

abrumfield2021@my.fit.edu

Research Topic: Cryobots for the exploration of Ocean Worlds

Dylan Barnes
M.Sc. Student Aerospace Engineering

dbarnes2018@my.fit.edu

Research TopicUranus exploration using a swarm of CubeSats

Jacob (Jake) Mesley
B.S. Student Aerospace Engineering

jmesley2020@my.fit.edu

Research TopicCubeSat mission concept development

Hector Del Castillo
B.S. Student Aerospace Engineering

hdelcastillo2020@my.fit.edu

Research TopicCubeSat mission concept development

Melanie Rivera
B.S. Student Aerospace Engineering

riveram2019@my.fit.edu

Research TopicCubeSat mission concept development

Andrew Cummings
B.S. Student Aerospace Engineering

acummings2021@my.fit.ed

Research Topic: Uranus exploration using a swarm of CubeSats

James (Chandler) Robinson
B.S. Student Aerospace Engineering

jamesrobinso2020@my.fit.edu

Research TopicCubeSat mission concept development

Rodrigo Alarcon
B.S. Student Aerospace Engineering

ralarcon2019@my.fit.edu

Research Topic: Simulations of orbital debris removal

Alumni

Keelin Weaver
Research Work: CubeSat mission concept development
 
Phoenix Meesit
Research Work: CubeSat mission concept development
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