In Fall 2015, a group of engineering students from Arizona State University came together and formed a team known as “Next Level Devils” to participate in NASA’s Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) program. After a year of brainstorming, designing, and prototyping, the team was accepted as a finalist for the 2016-2017 program to perform an experiment at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. There, a group of NASA divers carried out testing of the project underwater. Read more about the project in this article published by Arizona State University.
The NASA Micro-g NExT program offers undergraduate students an opportunity to test and develop a tool for the application of space exploration. Next Level Devils addressed the specific challenge of designing a tool to anchor NASA equipment or instrumentation to the soil, also known as regolith, on the surface of a celestial body such as an asteroid.