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Edge of Space Academy

The Edge of Space: Mission and Instrument Design for Spaceflight

July 12-29, 2023
Iowa City, Iowa
Application Deadline:  Wednesday, January 25, 2023

The University of Iowa offers undergraduates a paid summer research experience centered around space-based instrumentation for observing Earth and space. This immersive program will run for two weeks over the summer in Iowa City, Iowa. Students will be building small instrument payloads that will be integrated onto drone and high-altitude aerial platforms to take measurements of the Earth below and the atmosphere and space environment above.

No prior experience in hardware, instrumentation or electronics is necessary. This hands-on experience is designed for all students who have an interest in Earth, atmospheric, solar and space science. Students from historically marginalized populations in STEM are highly encouraged to apply.

Fully covered housing and travel

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Susan Meerdink, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
University of Iowa

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