News & Events
January 24, 2013
As drones take off, Prof. Missy Cummings is at the controls.
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!
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.