Opportunities in the space sciences at Carthage include on-campus paid research fellowships, research internships through the NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (headquartered at Carthage), and workshops in space hardware development. Participating students regularly travel to and work with researchers at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center, and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Recent News and Updates
- December 2019: Journal Times story: Blue Origin launches Carthage experiment into space.
- December 2019: Wisconsin Inno story on New Shepard Payload Mission 9.
- October 2019: NASA Picks 25 space technologies: Gateway Spacecraft Gauging project selected.
- September 2019: Hear about MPG on Wisconsin Public Radio.
- July 2019: MPG and MaSC researcher, Cassi Bossong featured on Smart Robot Review.
- May 2019: Carthage Space Sciences Alumna, Tessa Rundle, shares pictures from her work as a space suit engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center.
- April 2019: Three Carthage students awarded NASA internships!
- April 2019: Modal Propellant Gauging on the Orion European Service Module paper published.
- February 2019: Wisconsin Inno story on the Carthage Blue Origin Launch.
- February 2019: Kenosha News: Carthage Research Payload Goes to Space and Back.
- January 2019: See our recent Blue Origin New Shepard suborbital space launch videos.
- November 2018: MPG team completes final parabolic flight campaign under NASA MPG Phase III funding.
- October 2018: MPG data presented at the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany.
- September 2018: Carthage awarded NASA funding to conduct joint research with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University on magneto-active slosh control system for spacecraft and launch vehicles.
- August 2018: MPG results published and presented at the Joint Army Navy NASA Air Force (JANNAF) meeting, Huntsville, Alabama.
- March 2018: MPG team finished a parabolic flight campaign with ZERO-G.
Carthage students and faculty regularly conduct research aboard NASA’s zero-gravity aircraft, as part of ongoing experiments and technology development for space hardware. An important aspect of space hardware development is understanding how systems and materials behave in the weightless environment of orbit. NASA funding supports parabolic flight research to test hardware in reduced gravity.
Learn more about the Carthage Microgravity Team
CubeSats are small educational satellites launched either to the International Space Station for deployment into orbit from an onboard CubeSat launcher, or directly into space via a commercial or NASA launch vehicle. The Carthage CubeSat team is developing a hyperspectral imaging satellite to study carbon sequestration in equatorial forests.
Learn more about the Carthage CubeSat Program
A sounding rocket is a suborbital rocket that carries a payload experiment to space for upper atmosphere studies, astronomical imaging above the atmosphere, or microgravity studies. The Carthage RockSat team participates in the Colorado Space Grant Consortium’s RockSat sounding rocket payload development program. Students design and build an experiment to launch aboard a sounding rocket from NASA Wallops Flight Facility.
Learn more about the Carthage RockSat Team