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New Mexico State University
Office of the Vice President for Research

Space and Aerospace

Plant and Environmental Sciences
Ou Ma, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NMSU, received a U.S. patent for his project, "Apparatus and Method for Reduced-Gravity Simulation." This research investigates an innovative reduced- or zero-gravity simulator based on passive gravity compensation. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)
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New Mexico State University has a long history of research in space and aerospace, beginning with NMSU student team.s film projects on the first V-2 flights at White Sands Proving Ground in 1946. In 2011, NMSU had more than $17 million in current funding from more than 25 sponsors to support space and aerospace related research. NMSU manages the Apache Point Observatory which is home of the Astrophysical Research Consortium 3.5-meter telescope and 0.5 meter small aperture telescope, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey 2.5 meter telescope, and the NMSU 1.0 meter telescope. NMSU also houses the Planetary Data Systems (PDS) node for planetary atmospheres data, a NASA-funded archive of planetary data used by researchers world-wide.

NMSU faculty research efforts focus on

  • Planetary science
  • Solar, stellar, and exoplanetary science
  • Galactic and extragalactic research
  • Aeroelasticity and fluid structure interaction
  • Dynamics and vibrations
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Robotics and controls
  • Solid mechanics and materials
  • Thermal science and energy

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Department of Astronomy
Physical Science Laboratory
College of Engineering
  • Eric Butcher, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Ou Ma, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Steve Stochaj, Professor, Kiplsch School of Computer and Electrical Engineering
  • David Voelz, Professor, Kiplsch School of Computer and Electrical Engineering

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