News & Events
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.
October 12, 2012
Mars Men: Curiosity alums tell their tale.
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