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December 19, 2014

AeroAstro is inviting tenure-track faculty applicants committed to teaching and research excellence.

December 19, 2014

Hundreds around the globe to join Global Space Balloon Challenge.

December 5, 2014

Prof. Julie Shah: helping computers and humans to work as colleagues.

October 26, 2014

Recorded webcasts of the AeroAstro October 22-24 Centennial Symposium on our YouTube Channel.

October 24, 2014

An AeroAstro Centennial video look at our history, our people, our grand challenges.

October 17, 2014

Professor Dava Newman nominated as NASA deputy director.

October 14, 2014

AeroAstro researchers: Mars One may want to reconsider aspects of plan's feasibility.

September 18, 2014

Our future spacesuits would resemble a second skin.

September 10, 2014

AeroAstroers test algorithm on the space station that could help clean space debris or land on a comet.

September 4, 2014

Centennial Symposium: Apollo/Shuttle astronauts; gov't, industry, academic leaders; Elon Musk keynote.

August 29, 2014

Who's been leading Google's secret drone program? AeroAstro Professor Nick Roy.

August 21, 2014

Delivery drones monitor their health, compute routes with AeroAstro researchers' new algorithm.

July 28, 2014

Can’t collect all the data? Algorithm tells you which to target.

June 25, 2014

AA's Campbell: Algorithm lets independent agents produce machine-learning model.

May 19, 2014

Student-led competition benefits Boston pediatric center

April 29, 2014

With AeroAstro's 16ENG flex degree, Kwami Williams changes the world.

April 23, 2014

AeroAstro presents Open House! Wednesday, April 23 (Mass. school vacation week)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of MIT’s first aeronautics course, which was also the first university aeronautical class in the country. In recognition of this, on April 23 during school vacation week we’re holding a rare event: an Aeronautics and Astronautics Department Open House. There will be lots of activities, open labs, displays, etc  - perfect for families during that vacation week. Just a few of the activities:

March 14, 2014

AeroAstro Professor Dave Miller named NASA's new Chief Technologist.

March 7, 2014

AeroAstro Prof. Julie Shah details new human-robot interaction in manufacturing

March 7, 2014

Prof/astronaut Hoffman and team propose space-based refueling depots

March 4, 2014

MIT's participation in the guidance, navigation and control of Apollo

Some Funny Things Happened on the Way to the Moon

January 17, 2014

Cape Cod drone test site will be boon to MIT researchers

January 8, 2014

Beaverworks offers undergrads an unusual challenge: designing drones for the military

December 17, 2013

MIT students key in Mars lander plan

December 4, 2013

Rescuing Hubble: 20 years later

The Hubble Space Telescope took longer from start to launch and cost more than any previous NASA spacecraft. Deployed in April 1990, its mission was to explore and answer some of astronomy’s most intriguing questions including those of the origin and evolution of the universe. Yet within weeks of attaining orbit a stunning realization emerged: a manufacturing defect in the main mirror resulted in images of such poor quality the massive project was in danger of utter failure.

November 15, 2013

On 11/13, Hubble Space Telescope rescue astronauts and engineers met at MIT to discuss the famed 1993 repair mission.

October 23, 2013

Paulo Lozano designing tiny engines for tiny spacecraft.

Paulo Lozano is designing tiny ion thrusters for the next generation of satellites

October 21, 2013

RESCUING HUBBLE symposium set for Nov 13.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of STS-61, the first Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission, MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ will present the symposium “Rescuing Hubble,” on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, from 9:30 am until 6 pm.

October 16, 2013

AeroAstro to co-lead aviation environment center. (Shutterstock image)

The Federal Aviation Administration has named MIT to co-lead its new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for the Environment and Alternate Jet Fuels.

October 2, 2013

AeroAstro computational doctorate announced

MIT has announced that the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics will be a launch department for the Institute's new Computational Science and Engineering doctoral degree, administered by the Center for Comutational Engineering. Students enrolled in the AeroAstro CSE program can specialize in a computation-related aerospace field through focused coursework and a doctoral thesis.

September 29, 2013

AeroAstro students conducting their research on NASA reduced gravity aircraft

September 17, 2013

MIT study: high-energy electrons in space may cause satellite failure

September 10, 2013

Happy 75th, Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel. Dedicated September 12, 1938.

Read about the WBWT's history in our department's magazine AeroAstro.

September 6, 2013

AeroAstro team's inflatable antennae could give CubeSats greater reach

August 29, 2013

AeroAstro LAE study: pollution causes 200K early US deaths

July 19, 2013

AeroAstro Prof. Hastings named SMART director

Professor Daniel Hastings, who last month completed a seven-and-a-half-year tenure as MIT’s dean of undergraduate education, has been appointed to a three-year term as director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), effective Jan. 1, 2014.

July 16, 2013

Thousands sign on for AeroAstro MITx course.

The MITx AeroAstro Introduction to Aerodynamics course (16.101x) has attracted more than 11,000 people around the world to give it a try. This online basic aerospace course studies  the flow of air about a body. In this course, that body will be an airplane, but much of the aerodynamics covered is relevant to a wide variety of applications -- from sailboats to automobiles to birds. Students completing 16.101x gain a conceptual understanding of aerodynamic models used to predict the forces on and performance of aircraft.

July 12, 2013

Tweddle is Boeing Engineering Student of Year

Enabling tiny self-propelled satellites to someday autonomously conduct spacecraft inspections, servicing and assembly in space has garnered MIT aeronautics and astronautics doctoral candidate Brent E. Tweddle the 2013 Boeing Engineering Student of the Year Award.

The award, which was presented at the Paris Air Show in June, recognizes Tweddle for his exceptional academic, research and professional skills, and leadership of a program known as SPHERES VERTIGO.

June 18, 2013

Willcox to co-lead new mathematics research center

May 30, 2013

Machine-learning algorithm bests others

May 23, 2013

AeroAstro seniors recognized with annual awards

AeroAstro 2013 Student Awards as presented at the Course 16 Senior Recognition Dinner May 13, 2013

In a long-standing Aeronautics and Astronautics Department tradition, members of the graduating senior class were presented with a bevy of awards at the May 13, 2013 Senior Recognition Dinner.

Awards and receipients were:

May 21, 2013

New carbon fiber fabrication techniques mean lighter, stronger vehicles.

These days, aerospace engineering is all about the light stuff: building airplanes with lighter wings, fuselage and landing gear in an effort to reduce fuel costs.

Advanced carbon-fiber composites have been used in recent years to lighten planes’ loads. These materials can match aluminum and titanium in strength but at a fraction of the weight, and can be found in aircraft like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380, reducing such jets’ weight by 20 percent.

May 13, 2013

AeroAstro Unified 2013 flight competition.

May 8, 2013

Lozano named SPL head.

April 22, 2013

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.

April 19, 2013

Memorial webcast today, noon, 33-206 for AeroAstro community.

The AeroAstro community is devastated over MIT Officer Sean Collier's murder. Our deepest condolences to the officer's loved ones. Please read posts linked to MIT Home Page. (MIT News Office images)


April 3, 2013

Ionic wind thrusters an efficient alternative to conventional aircraft propulsion?

March 19, 2013

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.

March 12, 2013

Once again, USNWR rates both MIT and AeroAstro #1

February 12, 2013

In Prof Shah's lab, people and robots learn to work together.

January 24, 2013

As drones take off, Prof. Missy Cummings is at the controls.

January 15, 2013

Endeavour 1993: AeroAstro Prof. Hoffman fixing Hubble

December 20, 2012

An interview with AeroAstro alum-astronaut Greg Chamitoff.

December 19, 2012

Specs for SPHERES - MIT microsatellites get "glasses."

November 15, 2012

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.

November 14, 2012

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.

November 13, 2012

Peng Yu demonstrates for Discovery a voice- and gesture-commanded UAV.

October 26, 2012

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-

October 19, 2012

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.

October 12, 2012

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.

October 3, 2012

AeroAstro takes off in new directions — prompting a 50 percent spike in enrollments.

September 18, 2012

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.

August 27, 2012

A penny-sized rocket thruster may soon power the smallest satellites in space.

August 6, 2012

YES!!! Congratulations, NASA and to all the AeroAstro alums who made this possible.

July 18, 2012

Lab for Aviation & Environment is AeroAstro's newest lab

April 20, 2012

AeroAstroers' study links UK air pollution, premature deaths.

March 2, 2012

Professor Missy Cummings’ virtual representation of an aircraft carrier partners human and computer abilities to orchestrate the complex movements on deck.

January 10, 2012

Over this speed, birds – and drones – crash.

December 19, 2011

Alum astronauts wish MIT a happy 150 anniversary from space

November 28, 2011

Nick Roy's robots are ideal for dangerous and covert tasks

July 5, 2011

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.

May 30, 2010

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.

Aviation & Environment is AeroAstro's newest lab

Unified Engineering Flight Competition Thursday evening

May 9, 2013 from 7-9PM
Johnson Athletic Center, 2nd floor (indoor track)

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