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UH’s Bannova designing moon rovers, habitats

Images of a 3D rover model, provided by Dr. Olga Bannova, a research professor in the Cullen College of Engineering's Mechanical Engineering Department and the director of the Space Architecture Graduate Program.

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from Boeing for a six-month lunar surface systems study, a researcher and her team at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering are designing potential rovers and habitats for usage on the Moon.  

SICSA's Bannova earns ASCE Outstanding Technical Contribution Award

For a prestigious career featuring more than two decades of research, and 60 papers and presentations, University of Houston professor Dr. Olga Bannova has been named the winner of the 2019 Outstanding Technical Contribution Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers Aerospace Division Executive Committee.

Photos: The Association of Space Explorers Community Day Lands at UH Cullen College of Engineering

UH Cullen College of Engineering faculty and students celebrated the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) Symposium Community day on Wednesday, October 16.

The day-long event featured discussions and class visits with astronauts, who shared their passions for space exploration, and described the opportunities and challenges of returning to the Moon and traveling on to Mars.

Future UH Astronauts Take Their Space Among Interstellar Award Winners

The habitat envisioned by four Cullen College grad students that can sustain life on the moon of Phobos

Thomas Lagarde has a prediction for us: “In 20 years we are all going to be astronauts.”

“All of us?”

“Yes, you, me, the guy in the office over there, all of us,” he continues.

“But you’re getting your master’s in space architecture, not me!”

“It doesn’t matter,” he persists. “In 20 years the space program will be so privatized that you will buy a ticket for Mars as easily as for Europe.”


A Stellar Summer: Two Cullen College Students Space Out in Moscow

Most of us are quite comfortable to report that over summer vacation we participated in the typical leisure activities that recharge our scholastic batteries. Maybe we hung out at the beach, hung ten on a surfboard or hung ten knuckles over the controller of an Xbox.


SICSA Reception

On Wednesday, November 18, the University of Houston’s Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) hosted an invitation-only reception that brought together leaders in the space and aerospace industries across the Houston region to promote the center, its academic programs, and the success of its students and alumni.