The Emil Buehler Research Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics (EBRC) is a research center within the future Center for Collaborative Research at NSU, and is funded in part by a generous gift from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust. It will be designed to support the small payload community by facilitating the development of space hardware designed by a new generation of microgravity researchers focused on conducting suborbital and orbital research on next-gen space launch vehicles. It will also serve as a training ground to advance teacher education and retention in the critical fields of aerospace, mathematics, science, technology and engineering.
Researchers and engineers using this payload processing facility will be able to assemble, test and prepare for flight small to medium sized payloads, sounding rockets, low-gravity aircraft instrumentation and experiments and small orbital re-entry vehicles. Working in conjunction with community space organizations, the Center will be uniquely positioned to identify worthwhile microgravity research opportunities where the Center's state-of-the-art capabilities in design and fabrication can be utilized to bring exciting new concepts to rapid fruition.
The Low-Cost Small Spacecraft and Technologies area focuses on the technologies, subsystems, methodologies, and mission concepts for space missions which lower the over-all cost for scientific exploration. The "Small" of spacecraft and missions refers to small spacecraft that are substantially less expensive, and will require different approaches to solve traditional problems in development, operations and capability. The goal of these low-cost missions is not to replace the major missions, but rather to reduce the risks to, as well as the costs of, future major missions. Low-Cost Small Spacecraft and Technologies Missions will be used as test beds for new technologies, provide flight "heritage" for new instruments and components. Increasing the number of flight opportunities per year enables missions to be designed and flown during typical graduate and post-doctoral tenures, provide training for a new generation of scientists and engineers. These small spacecraft missions can also accomplish specific scientific investigations that would be too narrow for a major mission but still scientifically important.