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NASA Research Grant Awarded to BCTC Student

Jan 31, 2014 -

Mark Simonds, a student at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), has received a research grant from the NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium program. The grant includes a trip to NASA so Simonds can present his project findings.satellite

Although Simonds is a full-time student at BCTC, he also takes classes the University of Kentucky (UK) and is an electrical engineering research assistant at Space Systems Laboratory, a lab on UK’s campus. Simonds was part of a team of students that designed and built a satellite that orbits the Earth at 18,000 miles per hour at 300 miles altitude. The satellite passes over Kentucky every 90 minutes, which allows students to communicate with it. The satellite is providing information about its telemetry and attitude, which Simonds will compare with predicted behavior.

BCTC physics professor Dr. Val Zeps is Simonds’s advisor on the project.

“I am very excited to work on this project, and I am thankful for BCTC’s support,” Simonds said.

The NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium is a NASA Higher Education program supporting student fellowships/scholarships, research initiation and workforce development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) areas of interest to NASA and Kentucky. Space Grant also promotes networking and cooperation among education, industry, and local, state and federal government.