Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Undergraduates in Space! Well, in Microgravity on a NASA Plane

A team of undergraduates from the Jacobs School got to fly in zero-G over the weekend on a special NASA plane. They were studying how biofuels burn in space. Their research could lead to better fire extinguishers for the International Space Station and more efficient combustion engines here on earth. Nico Montoya, a sophomore majoring in aerospace engineering, took some time to answer our questions about the mission on the Jacobs School Facebook page today. Nico, who is also an IDEA Scholar, was on the team's ground crew.

The Q&A with him is below.

To learn more about the team and their mission, go to:
UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
You may have seen some of the stories on the Jacobs School students who recently tested how biofuels burn in near-zero-gravity conditions. We are planning to chat with one of students, Nico Montoya, and perhaps a couple of others. Nico, are you here?
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