Lone Star College-CyFair Alumni Space Tool Invention Receives Patent

Two Lone Star College-CyFair alumni have officially received the patent for their dust-resistant swivel mechanism, a tool created for use by NASA.

LSC-CyFair alumni Kary Meadows and Humberto Leal Acosta, members of Team CRATER, filed the patent in fall 2020 as part of the 2019-2020 Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge, where students come together to design inventions that can be used by NASA, such as the NASA Micro-g NExT Design Challenge.

“I can honestly say, as this is my second patent, that they are a huge tool for aspiring engineers, let alone a student still in college,” Meadows said in a press release from the university. “This patent represents recognition of the determination and achievement of all the hard work that was put into the project even at the start of the pandemic. It has already brought me professional recognition and I am sure it will do the same for Humberto.

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