First Year Information

Lighter-than-air aircraft

First-year MIT students may take AeroAstro Course 16.00 Aerospace Engineering and Design. Part of the class involves student teams designing, building, and racing lighter-than-air aircraft.

While MIT students don't choose their major until the end of their first year, AeroAstro enthusiastically welcomes first-year students who have an interest in aerospace. AeroAstro offers a class in the spring that they are welcome to take: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Design (Class 16.00) in which student teams undertake a lighter-than-air vehicle project designing, building, and racing radio-controlled blimps. The class has no prerequisites, carries six units, and is graded pass/fail.

First-year students are welcome to participate in department activities, including the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and student groups and clubs. They are invited to attend lectures and programs featuring guest speakers from the aerospace industry, NASA, the FAA, and other organizations, and to apply for summer internships through our Space Grant program.

If you're in your first year at MIT and would like to be notified of AeroAstro events and programs, write from your MIT email address and ask to be placed on our email list. You can also follow department happenings on Facebook.