The UC San Diego Microgravity Team is currently submitting a proposal to the Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program (RGSFOP) in the hopes of running a biofuel combustion experiment in parabolic flight.

Our research proposal focuses on Fiber Supported Droplet Combustion (FSDC) of ethanol, butanol, and two additional biofuels (TBD) to better understand burning rate characteristics of these fuels. An improved understanding of the combustion of these biofuels may lead to improvements in ground based vehicle engines and fire-safety aboard spacecraft, among other possible innovations.