LaACES (Louisiana Aerospace Catalyst Experiences for Students)

The Louisiana Aerospace Catalyst Experiences for Students (LaACES) Program runs for a full academic year. During the first semester a series of lectures and hands-on activities help build student skills in basic electronics, sensor interfacing, real-time programming, mechanical development, and project management. The second semester is then devoted to applying these skills to the design, development, fabrication, and flight of a small (~500 gram) balloon payload.  Payloads from all student teams are then flown at the end of the academic year under the management of LaSPACE.  Independent balloon flights by institutions are not supported under LaACES.  Proposed efforts that do not conform to this general model will not be funded.  Award funds can be requested up to $10,000; no strict cost-match is required, but some institutional investment will impact our evaluation. Multiple proposals per institution may be submitted, but no more than one proposal per campus will be funded.

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Proposal Submissions

Submit all properly executed proposals via email as fully searchable pdf documents to by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, June 20, 2020.

• Important Dates:

  • Proposal Release Date: Friday, April 24, 2020 
  • Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2020 
  • Anticipated Award Announcements: late June / early July 2020 
  • Award Period of Performance: 08/15/2020 – 08/14/2021 

Download Link (Word Document): LaSPACE_LaACES_Proposal_Guidelines_2020-2021
Download Link (PDF Document): LaSPACE_LaACES_Proposal_Guidelines_2020-2021 

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