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UMaine Space Initiative Launch & Learn

May 4, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Space Launch

The UMaine Space Initiative presents Launch & Learn. Hear about ongoing faculty and student projects, including Maine’s First Small Satellite, MESAT1. Network with others working in the space industry, research, and education in Maine.

Thursday, May 4  | 5–7 p.m
Versant Power Astronomy Center, University of Maine


 By invitation ONLY. Space is limited.

5 – 5:30 Networking
5:30 – 6 Welcoming Remarks (President Ferrini-Mundy & Dr. Ali Abedi)
6 – 6:30 Presentations in the Planetarium
6:30 – 7 Networking
6:45 – 7 Tour of Lunar Habitat (Weather Permitting)

Student Posters

  • Origami-Inspired Design for Martian Shelters
  • Deep-Learning Enhanced, Label-Free Detection of Surface Contamination Using a Smartphone and Nanopatterned Material System to Monitor Plant Growth in Space
  • Autonomous Object Stacking by Robotic Systems
  • Characterizing the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Neutrophil Reactive Oxygen Species Production During Influenza A Virus Infection
  • A New Optical Strain Sensor for Direct Integration into 3D Printed Structures
  • Robust Ensemble Deep Learning Methods for Semantic Segmentation of HyperSpectral Images

Faculty Presentations

  • Autonomous UAVs for Crop Monitoring in the State of Maine
  • Bioprinted Blueberry Plant Cells as a Multi-Use Product for Long-term Space Exploration
  • Aerospace Science and Technology in Secondary Schools
  • Hybrid High Temperature Processing of Lunar Regolith
  • Improving Estimates of Land-to-Ocean Carbon Flux Through Characterization of Colloidal Inherent Optical Properties

To request a reasonable accommodation, call 207.581.1512.

UMaine is an affiliate member of the Maine Space Grant Consortium.
The University of Maine is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.


May 4, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Versant Power Astronomy Center
167 Rangeley Road
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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