MCHS grad wins at NASA program

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Marshall County High School graduate has won first place for presentation of a program for NASA during a Werner Von Braun Symposium in Hunstville, Ala., presenting a project for the University of Alabama Huntsville and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Joshua Johnson won the student poster competition.

Johnson graduated from MCHS in 2004 and is currently a senior in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UAH. Josh is married to Katie Hinson, also a 2004 graduate of MCHS and they live in Madison, Ala. Their parents are David and Cindy Johnson, and Tim and Amy Fuller, all of Lewisburg.

Johnson is a member of a team that will review the designs of a lunar regolith burrowing robot designed to mimic the peristaltic motion of an earthworm. The initial conceptual designs were developed by the National Space Science and Technology Center. NSSTC and the team will develop various conceptual designs based upon the original and select a concept to develop further. During spring 2011 Team 1 will fabricate and test the Lunar Wormbot. Team 1 is collaborating with teams from Louisiana Tech and University of California - Riverside in the development of the system