The Space Engineering Research Center (SERC) recently participated in reduced gravity aircraft flights as part of the NASA Flight Opportunities Program.
NASA Johnson Space Center led a team of researchers from TAMU-SERC, Jet Learning Laboratory, and Advanced Cooling Technologies to evaluate a gas-liquid separator (designed by SERC researchers) under microgravity conditions. Drs. Cable Kurwitz and Frank Little supported flight activities by providing the test platform and data logging as well as directing flight operations. The aircraft flight is part of a larger sub-orbital program to qualify the separator for future space system applications, and will be scheduled for a future flight by one of the commercial suborbital flight providers.
Clockwise from bottom left, Rube Williams, Jet Learning Center; Frank Little, SERC; and Chad Moeller, NASA JSC work on the experiment in a zero-g parabola