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Jeremy Frank Contributes to Early Mission and Technology Concept Development Exercise for the Artemis Program
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Jeremy Frank Contributes to Early Mission and Technology Concept Development Exercise for the Artemis Program

Dr. Jeremy Frank participated in a two-day A-Team brainstorming exercise, led by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), to assist California State University Northridge’s (CSUN) Autonomy Research Center (ARC) for Science, Technology and engineering, Entrepreneurship and business, Arts, Humanities, and Mathematics (STEAHM – ARCS) in developing project concepts in support of the Artemis Program. JPL’s A-Team process is a facilitated brainstorming exercise designed to elicit and refine early mission and technology concepts. This activity was done in support of the ARCS-led NASA-funded M-STAR planning grant, and this meeting served to bring together NASA researchers and CSUN faculty to create and evaluate ideas for further development.

BACKGROUND: NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Space Technology Artemis Research, or M-STAR, has awarded cooperative agreements to 15 universities for 16 projects that will support NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s (STMD) advancement of technologies needed for the agency’s Artemis Program. One of the selected collaborations is this study led by CSUN, with partners from JPL and five other NASA Centers titled, “Enabling Artemis and STMD Mission with Autonomy-Based Convergence Research and Literacy”. NASA’s MUREP Program supports the training and development of students and faculty at minority-serving institutions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields by providing opportunities for research and education that inspire and prepare minority students for STEM careers. An integral part of this mission, M-STAR, was established to strengthen and develop the research capacity and infrastructure of minority-serving institutions in areas of strategic importance and value to NASA’s mission and national priorities.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Program, Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

POINT OF CONTACT: Jeremy Frank, jeremy.d.frank@nasa.gov

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