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FGCU Professor Receives NASA Funding for Asteroseismology Satellite Design Study

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Bill Crandall
A SmallSat called eXCITe

Advances in technology, and the privatization of the space industry, have led to far more satellites being launched into space — small satellites to be exact. What once required a refrigerator-sized satellite can now sometimes be packed into one the size of a microwave, or even smaller. The reduced weight translates to reduced launch costs.

We're learning about a project proposal that’s being led by Dr. Derek Buzasi, he is the Whitaker Eminent Scholar in Florida Gulf Coast University's Department of Chemistry and Physics. The project is called ‘MAGIC,’ which stands for Massive Star AsteroseismoloGy Instrument Cubesat. It would conduct asteroseismology by observing UV light being emitted by massive stars. The one-year design study is being funded by NASA, and was one of eight proposals selected from 32 submitted.

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Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.