Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative (MARTI)
at NASA Langley Research Center
Applications for 2017 are now closed.*
(MARTI is not available on intern.nasa.gov)
*Note about MARTI 2017: As of March 15, 2017, NASA HQ determined that they will not sponsor MARTI in 2017. We await news on whether the MARTI program can be resumed in 2018.
2017 proposed MARTI team challenge: Design, build, and test a small autonomous system of three linked UAVs capable of docking to form a single UAS and in-air un-docking to demonstrate separate deliveries of three small payloads (up to 2 lbs each) in diverse environments including urban, rural, and wilderness areas. To learn more about the proposed project, read the description autonomous-linked-uavs-project
2016 MARTI Team, Langley
The summer 2016 MARTI team at Langley produced a small Unmanned Aerial System of hexacopters capable of fully autonomous operations including vertical take off, forward flight along predetermined way points, collect surveillance data, precision vertical landing, battery recharge, wireless data transfer, and vertical take off to repeat the sequence. All test flights were tethered or occurred inside a netted area in order to abide by NASA and FAA safety regulations. The team submitted four invention disclosures as a result of their summer project.
2016 MARTI members: left to right first row: Ben Hargis, Nick Villanueva, Lauren Schlenker, Right to left second row: Bradley Conn, Drew Cruz, Lindsey Carboneau, Josiah Michael, Matthew Powelson, Andrew Clark, Konrad Nowak
2015 MARTI Team, Langley
The inaugural Langley MARTI completed a 12 week Design, Build, Fly project during the summer of 2015. The team and their vehicle, PROTEUS, are pictured below:
About MARTI at Langley
The NASA MARTI at Langley offers an intense, integrated, multidisciplinary opportunity for individuals with career aspirations in the national aeronautics or aerospace enterprise. The MARTI experience helps prepare aspiring young professionals for employment by providing opportunities for direct science and engineering experience with an awareness of the complex managerial, political, financial, social, and human issues faced by current and future aerospace programs.
MARTI teams receive training in integrated systems research, project management, leadership, teamwork, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Participants work as a team on a multifaceted problem as guided by professional scientists and engineers. In addition to exposure to NASA, they also gain broader exposure to aeronautics through visits to industry and other research facilities.
The experience includes a series of subject matter expert lectures and/or short courses, lunches with senior leaders, and focused discussions with program and project engineers. Participants must be enrolled in Aeronautical, Aerospace Engineering, or related disciplines, including Mechanical, Electrical, Systems, and Computer Engineering, Mechatronics, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Software Engineering, or Computer Science. This is an intense, rigorous program for the entire team. It is not the typical 9 to 5 research experience where individuals work one on one with a mentor. Interested applicants should apply at www.MARTIapp.com
There are no applications for MARTI on the OSSI system.
More about MARTI at Langley:
At the completion of the project, MARTI researchers present their findings orally to NASA leaders at center forums and via video conferencing and/or in person to NASA Headquarters or other NASA centers. During the course of the project, there may be opportunities to visit other NASA, industry or federal laboratories. A NASA Technical report or professional conference technical paper may be published from the project.
As part of MARTI, participants collaborate with Langley engineers, attend lectures, participate in leadership discussions, and document their research with oral and written communication. MARTI is a real-world integrated systems research environment. The team will communicate regularly with NASA engineers and managers, will document their work, and if time and funding permits, may visit other NASA or other federal facilities. Team members will share an apartment with one other MARTI participant. Housing is provided. (See note for married students below.)
Any questions on MARTI in general or at Langley can be sent to:
MARTI supports research for the NASA ARMD Programs
MORE ABOUT MARTI:
Desired Attributes of Applicants:
Note to married applications: This program is a 10-12 week experience, requires a team member’s full attention, and sharing an apartment with one other MARTI team member.
Specific Dates for Langley MARTI 2017
12 weeks, May 22 through Aug 11
OTHER NASA internship opportunities posted in OSSI at intern.nasa.gov
MARTI projects at NASA Ames, NASA Armstrong, NASA Glenn and NASA Langley are all listed on www.martiapp.com
If you apply to other MARTI teams, you must indicate your order of preference.
That is: 1. NASA Langley MARTI, 2. NASA Glenn MARTI, etc.
2015 Summer MARTI Participants:
Zach Bassett,* Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas, Austin
Melinda Darrow, Systems Engineering, Southern Methodist University
Peter Finch, Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Alex Flock, Engineering, Kent State University
Matt Holdren,* Aerospace Engineering, Case Western University
Henry Kwan, Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo
Derya Tansel, Electrical Engineering, University of Florida
David Vutetakis, Electrical Engineering Technology, U. of North Carolina, Charlotte
2016 NASA MARTI at Langley:
Lindsey Carboneau, Software Engineering, FL Gulf Coast University
Andrew Clark, Computer Science, U. Texas San Antonio
Bradley Conn, Computer Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
Drew Cruz, Electrical Engineering, U. Texas, Arlington
Ben Hargis*, Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University
Josiah Michael, Electrical Engineering, U. of Wisconsin Platville
Konrad Nowak, Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
Matthew Powelson, Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University
Lauren Schlenker, Aerospace Engineering & Physics, U. of Minnesota
Nick Villanueva, Aerospace Engineering, Mass. Inst. of Technology
*denotes team lead