University of Minnesota

Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program


2004 Solids Team

Team Members (Left to Right):  Steph Soffa (Lead), Matt Thomasson, Mark Arend, Dave Sellnow, Ben Adams

 Our Team Advisor is Prof. Tom Shield

The Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program (RGSFOP) is a program hosted by the Johnson Space Center each year that allows college students to construct experiments and fly with them aboard the KC-135A "Vomit Comet." 


The title of our experiment this year is:

"Effects of Random Close Packing Arrangements in Microgravity Part III."


Learn more about RGSFOP

Learn more about our Team

Learn more about our Experiment

See pictures of our trip to Houston



Related Web Sites:

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the U!       

NASA's Official Microgravity Website

Learn about the KC-135A "Weightless Wonder"


Page Last Updated:  7/11/2004