AeroAstro Unified flight competition, May 8, 2013.
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NASA admin/former astronaut Grunsfeld to speak on NASA science plans Wednesday.
Dr. John M. Grunsfeld, NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, former astronaut and MIT alum, will speak on the topic "NASA's Future Science Program" Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 4 pm, in E14-633. Presented by the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium as its Annual Distinguished Public Lecture. Cosponsored by AeroAstro. All are welcome. There is no charge.
Ionic wind thrusters an efficient alternative to conventional aircraft propulsion?
Harnessing the Wind at MIT: Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is home to the only privately owned and operated wind tunnel in the United States. Hidden in plain sight on MIT's campus, the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel has proven instrumental in the examination of aerospace, architectural, vehicular, sports and other engineering systems.
Once again, USNWR rates both MIT and AeroAstro #1
In Prof Shah's lab, people and robots learn to work together.
As drones take off, Prof. Missy Cummings is at the controls.
Endeavour 1993: AeroAstro Prof. Hoffman fixing Hubble
An interview with AeroAstro alum-astronaut Greg Chamitoff.
Specs for SPHERES - MIT microsatellites get "glasses."
Up, up, and away to 70K feet with Unified students!
This video, produced by AeroAstro grad student and teaching assistant Sydney Do, captures an October 27, 2012 high altitude balloon flight staged by AeroAstro Unified Engineering (Course 16.001) undergrad students.
The balloon reached a peak altitude of 21310m (about 70,000 feet) and traveled 110 miles from the northwest corner of Massachusetts to central New Hampshire. The flight lasted just under three hours.
Distractions alleviate boredom, improve drone operators’ performance.
On its surface, operating a military drone looks a lot like playing a video game: Operators sit at workstations, manipulating joysticks to remotely adjust a drone’s pitch and elevation, while grainy images from the vehicle’s camera project onto a computer screen. An operator can issue a command to fire if an image reveals a hostile target, but such adrenaline-charged moments are few and far between.
Peng Yu demonstrates for Discovery a voice- and gesture-commanded UAV.
Paintballs could deflect an incoming asteroid.
If a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you’d better hope that it’s blindingly white. A pale asteroid would reflect sunlight — and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course.
How might one encourage such a deflection? The answer, according to an MIT graduate student: with a volley or two of space-launched paintballs. -more-
AeroAstro researchers report: UK runway health impacts.
According to the U.K.’s Department for Transport, demand for air travel in the country will more than double by 2030, from 127 million to 300 million passengers per year. A debate over how to accommodate this rising demand has revolved around two main proposals: adding a third runway to London’s Heathrow Airport, or replacing Heathrow with a new airport in the Thames Estuary. Over the years, concerns over cost and environmental impacts have fueled both sides of the debate.
Mars Men: Curiosity alums tell their tale.
Since NASA’s Curiosity rover made its extraordinary Aug. 6 touchdown on Mars, it has been roving the Martian landscape, returning startling images. So far, the rover has revealed rust-colored canyons and the remains of what appears to be an ancient riverbed — a sign that the Red Planet may have once supported water, or even life.
Apollo/alum astronaut Dave Scott today! On October 18 at 4pm, Dave will be at MIT to discuss his adventures with NASA and his trip to the moon. Following his talk, Dave will present the first MIT Astronaut Scholarship award to AeroAstro senior Mark Van de Loo. Refreshments will be served. Lcoation in building E14 - LH633.
AeroAstro takes off in new directions — prompting a 50 percent spike in enrollments.
AA alums/Curiosity team members coming to campus.
NASA Curiosity team members/AeroAstro alums Bobak "Mohawk Guy" Ferdowsi, Al "Touchdown confirmed" Chen, and Steve "Skycrane Man" Sell are coming to campus October 10 for a panel discussion on the mission. Discussion at 4pm in Building E14 (Media Lab) LH-633.
A penny-sized rocket thruster may soon power the smallest satellites in space.
YES!!! Congratulations, NASA and to all the AeroAstro alums who made this possible.
Lab for Aviation & Environment is AeroAstro's newest lab
AeroAstroers' study links UK air pollution, premature deaths.
Professor Missy Cummings’ virtual representation of an aircraft carrier partners human and computer abilities to orchestrate the complex movements on deck.
Over this speed, birds – and drones – crash.
Alum astronauts wish MIT a happy 150 anniversary from space
Nick Roy's robots are ideal for dangerous and covert tasks
AeroAstro students will build imaging instrument to fly aboard asteriod mission
Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office
The asteroid 1999 RQ36 may not be a household name, but astronomers predict that in less than 200 years, it may make an unforgettable impact. According to radar and optical observations, the space rock, measuring some five football fields in diameter, has a 1 in 1,000 chance of crashing into Earth in the year 2182.
For 40 years, MITers, including 27 alumni-astronauts, played key roles in the Shuttle program
On October 18 at 4 pm Gemini and Apollo astronaut David Scott will talk about his visit to the moon. Following his talk, Commander Scott will present the first MIT Astronaut Scholarship award to AeroAstro senior Mark Van de Loo. Refreshments will be served. Lcoation in building E14 - LH633.
Unified Engineering Flight Competition Thursday evening
May 9, 2013 from 7-9PM
Johnson Athletic Center, 2nd floor (indoor track)
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