News & Events
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.
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.