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Umes Nasa Collaborative Achieves Phase I Mission Objectives

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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MINDing Our Business

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7.1216.1 - 7.1216.12



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Geoffrey Bland

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Abhijit Nagchaudhuri

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UMES –NASA Collaborative Achieves Phase-I Mission Objectives

Abhijit Nagchaudhuri, Geoffrey Bland University of Maryland Eastern Shore / NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Wallops Flight Facility

Participating students: Brian Vetter, Robert Fries, Joseph Ford, James Taylor, Jeremy Rodgers, Olatunde Alade, Amy Davis, Sushil Milak, Vinod Yadav, Guntupalli Rajasekhar, Tony Baldwin, Gregory Waters, Gregory Smith, Robert C. Washington, Jason Tilghman, Carlton Snow, Matthew Watson, Jerry Reynolds, Ani Panoti, Levy Lovell, Towanda Sample, Calvin King, Rebecca Howe, Eddie Daubert, Anthony Ross, Jamison White, James Watts, Cory Curtis, Firew Waktole, Bushara Dosa, Elhibir Abusin, Aghdam Freshteh, Amadi Williams, Jamal Mcnair, Ron Sampson, Marcus Smith, Patrick Enekwe, John Clemons, Nicole Saunders, Mahlon Pleasant, Candice Snow, Carolyn Ruffin and many others

Supporting Faculty/Staff and NASA Personnel: Dr. Gurbax Singh, Dr. I. Dabipi, Dr. Roman Jesien, Dr. Mark Williams, Dr. Leon Copeland, Dr. Daniel Okumbor, Mr. Rodney Spencer, Ms. Madhumi Mitra, Ms. Tracie Hedricks, Mr. Anthony Stockus, Mr. Jamie Maldonado, Mr. James W. Webster, Mr. Roland Wescott (NASA), Ms. Lisa Johnson (NASA).

Administrative support/leadership: Dr. Eddie Boyd Jr., Dean School of Business and Technology (UMES)

Abstract UMES-AIR (Undergraduate Multidisciplinary Earth Science-Airborne Imaging Research) project was partially funded by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in the fall of 1999. The project has provided a platform for involving a group of more than twenty undergraduate students in mathematics, science, engineering and technology (MSET) curricula at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in an "out of classroom" active learning and exploratory research experience in the field of remote sensing and its applications. The scientific objective of the project includes aerial imaging in the visible and infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, land survey, study of shoreline erosion, research in agricultural land use patterns, and environmental studies pertaining to algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay. The project also has a strong focus towards educational objectives and involves more than twenty students from different MSET curricula at UMES. UMES, an 1890 Land Grant historically black university has a large minority population and all efforts are made to involve minority students to participate in the project activities. Success of the initial educational efforts and student teamwork, prior to year 2001 was reported in the 2001 Annual Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). During this period the efforts were directed towards payload design, system integration and management efforts for collecting remote images from a tethered blimp from a height of upto 500 ft. using a manual winch. Significant strides were made with the project during the year 2001. The Phase-I goal of collecting images from a helium filled tethered blimp from a height of 2500 ft. was successfully achieved by students working in close collaboration with the NASA/GSFC Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) engineers and technical /administrative personnel. Efforts have also been directed towards acquiring appropriate hardware and software for digitizing the collected images and performing image analysis as well as live broadcast of the blimp launch over the internet. In this paper we outline efforts related to acquisition and integration of an automated winch, design modifications of the payload to

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Bland, G., & Nagchaudhuri, A. (2002, June), Umes Nasa Collaborative Achieves Phase I Mission Objectives Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10083

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