HOUSTON, Texas - Carla Feragotti, a Chester resident, recently participated in the NASA Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program Competition, held June 3-9.
The proposed experiment tested the effects of electrostatic forces on fluidized beds and determined whether an electric force would be able to substitute for the gravitational force.
To test this hypothesis, the six-member teams designed and built an apparatus used to test the conditions of the fluidized bed in NASA's Zero Gravity Plane at Johnson Space Center. The apparatus performed well and produced useable data for further research.
FROM CHESTER TO NASA — Carla Feragotti, a Chester resident and Oak Glen High School graduate, recently participated in a NASA program to test the effects of electrostatic forces on fluidized beds. -- Contributed
Feragotti is a 2006 graduate of Oak Glen High School and recently received her bachelor's degrees in aerospace and mechanical engineering, with a minor in communications from West Virginia University. She plans to return to WVU in the fall to earn her master's degree in mechanical engineering.