NASA to test space boom designed, produced by Nebraska Engineering students




NASA to test space boom designed, produced by Nebraska Engineering students

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Nebraska Engineering student Ethan Krings and alumni Chris Volle, Matthew Mahlin and Justin Green were part of the team that developed a boom that would be used in space to support a flexible solar panel.
Nebraska Engineering student Ethan Krings and alumni Chris Volle, Matthew Mahlin and Justin Green were part of the team that developed a boom that would be used in space to support a flexible solar panel.

A space tool developed by Nebraska undergraduate engineering students is on its way to NASA's Langley Research Center for its first structural test before being launched on a suborbital rocket in spring 2018.

The student engineering team has been working on the project since August 2016, with some students devoting 20 hours a week or more on the device to enable satellites, rovers and other space vehicles to stow and deploy a lightweight boom to support a flexible solar cell panel.

The boom, its deployer, electronics housing and solar panel array were shipped to Virginia on Oct. 12 so that they can be displayed on a vibration testing table during an Oct. 21 open house celebrating Langley's centennial. The vibration test will take place in the days following the open house.