The UND Observatory primarily supports broadband photometric research projects for asteroids, variable stars, and exoplanets, as well as stellar visible-λ spectroscopic research. In addition, the observatory has full functionality to conduct LRGB and narrowband imaging. Long-term, institutional efforts to obtain, define, and characterize Main Belt and near-Earth asteroids via astrometry and photometry complements observations of these bodies by national observatories. The other primary goal of the UND Observatory is to support MS students with their individual research projects.
UND Space Studies' student-led high-altitude balloon program routinely launches helium-filled latex balloons into the stratosphere.
Near-Earth and Main-Belt Asteroid Spectroscopy
UND Space Studies has supported several research projects to study the surface mineralogy of both near-Earth and mail-belt asteroids.
Planetary Industrial Operations
Resources must be located, extracted, and refined to produce and distribute the products needed for sustainment and growth. The development of such integrated production systems is the focus of this research area.
As aerospace professionals, we understand the importance of inspiring the next generation of explorers. Research on effective strategies in STEM education is paramount.
Students have an opportunity to study and research, as well as post their own views on, the role of government in space exploration and legal issues associated with private industry in space.
Spacesuit Research/Planetary Surface Habitation
Many students are heavily involved in a variety of topics (planetary spacesuits, rovers, robotic systems, and planetary surface habitats) with this NASA-funded project.
For research funding opportunities, visit the ND Space Grant Consortium.