Juan Hernandez, a rising senior and engineering physics major, is co-founder and project manager of Lenoir-Rhyne's Balloon Engineering and Rocketry (BEAR) team. He was selected for a prestigious internship with the Aerospace Corporation, which he is currently working to complete at its headquarters in El Segundo, California. Hernandez is among 250 undergraduate and graduate interns selected from across the country from universities including University of California, Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and California Institute of Technology.
During Hernandez's internship, he will work in the Battery Evaluation Laboratory testing space cells for satellites and payloads. "We are testing batteries for life span and functionality in space-like conditions," Hernandez said. "In addition, we work with solar panels and other power equipment to supply systems on board satellites and payloads."
The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to the national security space program since 1960. The corporation operates a federally funded research and development center for the United States Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center and the National Reconnaissance Office.