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Release Date Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Student Helps NASA Design Electrical Systems for the Space Station

SD Mines student Trey Wammen of Reva, S.D., has been interning at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center designing electrical systems for the Life Science Glovebox going on board the International Space Station in 2018 and the Near Earth Asteroid Scout, which will collect imagery data of a passing asteroid.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (May 2, 2017) – Mines electrical engineering senior Trey Wammen of Reva, S.D., has been interning this semester at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He has been designing and modeling electrical systems for the Life Science Glovebox going on board the International Space Station in 2018. 

The Life Science Glovebox is a sealed work area inside the International Space Station that provides bioisolation and waste control so crew members can perform experimental procedures in cell, insect, aquatic, plant and animal developmental biology. Wammen helped design the electrical cable harnesses inside the Life Science Glovebox, where rodent research and cell biology studies will be conducted in micro-gravity. His work aims to find solutions to challenges posed by factors that go into cable harness design, such as signal types, electromagnetic influence, environmental situations and faraday shielding, which blocks electromagnetic fields.

In addition, Wammen worked on startup electrical integration for the Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) Scout, which is designed as a secondary payload on NASA's new Space Launch System. NEA Scout is a robotic reconnaissance mission that will be deployed to collect imagery data from a passing asteroid.

Working with engineers from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Wammen helped create a 3D-printed model of NEA Scout to better understand the cable harnessing layout. 

Following the completion of his NASA internship, Wammen has another internship lined up this summer at Black Hills Corporation’s Wyodak Mine in Gillette, Wyo.  

Wammen is a graduate of Harding County High School.

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