Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

group

Daytona Beach

Authors' Class Standing

Dakotah Stirnweis, Graduate Student Shafali Bhardwaj, Graduate Student Angelos Kaminis, Graduate Student Sophia Kempf, Senior Kyara Ramos Falu, Senior Joslyn Patitz, Freshman

Lead Presenter's Name

Dakotah Stirnweis

Lead Presenter's College

DB College of Engineering

Faculty Mentor Name

Pedro J. LLanos

Abstract

Microgravity Ant Pathfinding Study (MAPS) & Crystalline Ordered Spread Micro-Gravity Observation (COSMO) Experimental Payloads

MAPS & COSMO is a dual payload experiment which is aimed at expanding the fields of robotics and materials science. The first payload, Micro-gravity Ant Pathfinding Study (MAPS), will observe and analyze the Camponotus Floridanus species of ants’ pathfinding ability while in micro-gravity. Using control groups on the ground, the ants’ pathfinding ability will be quantified and compared to that of their counterparts, Tetramorium Caespitum species of ants’, during the micro-gravity trials. This analysis will help us to further understand the way multiple autonomous constructs interact and the benefits of emergent intelligence. The second payload, the Crystalline Ordered Spread Micro-Gravity Observation (COSMO), will grow aluminum sulfate in micro-gravity to be collected and analyzed, once back on Earth. It is theorized that due to the lack of strong gravitational forces, the molecular and atomic structures can grow more slowly, thus forming more perfectly to create stronger and more efficient crystalline lattices and matrices. This phenomenon can be exploited and applied to the development of crystalline structures in other materials such as semi-conductors.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark, SURF, Research Abroad, Student Internal Grants, or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes, Spark Grant

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Microgravity Ant Pathfinding Study (MAPS) & Crystalline Ordered Spread Micro-Gravity Observation (COSMO) Experimental Payloads

Microgravity Ant Pathfinding Study (MAPS) & Crystalline Ordered Spread Micro-Gravity Observation (COSMO) Experimental Payloads

MAPS & COSMO is a dual payload experiment which is aimed at expanding the fields of robotics and materials science. The first payload, Micro-gravity Ant Pathfinding Study (MAPS), will observe and analyze the Camponotus Floridanus species of ants’ pathfinding ability while in micro-gravity. Using control groups on the ground, the ants’ pathfinding ability will be quantified and compared to that of their counterparts, Tetramorium Caespitum species of ants’, during the micro-gravity trials. This analysis will help us to further understand the way multiple autonomous constructs interact and the benefits of emergent intelligence. The second payload, the Crystalline Ordered Spread Micro-Gravity Observation (COSMO), will grow aluminum sulfate in micro-gravity to be collected and analyzed, once back on Earth. It is theorized that due to the lack of strong gravitational forces, the molecular and atomic structures can grow more slowly, thus forming more perfectly to create stronger and more efficient crystalline lattices and matrices. This phenomenon can be exploited and applied to the development of crystalline structures in other materials such as semi-conductors.

 

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