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During 2012 Independent Activities Period, AeroAstro undergrad students had seven days to redesign and fly radio controlled aircraft kits. The exercise developed initial competency in engineering design.
Students design, build and fly electrically powered aircraft and compete for the highest score in three missions: (1) fastest round-trip-time, (2) delivering a "secret" message using an audio payload integrated with their aircraft and (3) a jamming mission where a target receiver has to be satura
Robert Seamans Jr. was associate and deputy NASA administrator from 1960-68 where he was instrumental in development of manned spaceflight. He would later serve as MIT Dean of Engineering, Director of the Draper Lab, and a senior lecturer in MIT AeroAstro. He passed away in 2008.
An Independent Activities lecture, presented annually for many years by Professor Richard Battin (March 3, 1925 – February 8, 2014), discussing America's space program and race to the moon. Professor Battin led the team that designed the Apollo guidance computer.
Vintage footage of Doc Draper and remembrances by MIT colleagues Robert Seamans, Judson Baron, Walter Hollister, Shaoul Ezekiel, Warren Seamans, Larry Bucciarelli Jr., Harold Wachman.
Former Shuttle astronaut Jeff Hoffman, now an MIT AeroAstro professor, offers a tribute to fellow astronaut and MIT alum Ron McNair who, along with his crew mates, in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986. (Video courtesy Melanie Gonick/MIT News Office.)
The 20th anniversary of STS-61, the 1993 mission to save the Hubble Space Telescope. AeroAstro produced this video as an introduction to its November 13, 2013 20th mission anniversary panel discussion,
(Dec 10, 2008) Dr. William Widnall speaks to AeroAstro students about heading the MIT/Draper team in the '60s that developed Apollo's guidance, navigation, and control system.
In a surprise appearance at the conclusion of the 2012 Brass Rat unveiling, MIT alumni and astronaut TJ Creamer offered his congratulations and thoughts on the Brass Rat via downlink from the International Space Station.
Alumni astronauts Mike Fincke, Cady Coleman, and Greg Chamitoff send greetings to MIT from the International Space Station in this video, downlinked from the ISS in May 2011.
MIT Annual Family Weekend Concert: includes a Festival Jazz Ensemble special tribute in celebration of the AeroAstro Centennial.
SESSION 4 Education: Edward Crawley (moderator), Ford Professor of Engineering, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT; Kent Kresa, Chairman Emeritus, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Robert Meyerson, President, Blue Origin; Robert Niewoehner, David F.
SESSION 3 Small Satellites and Access to Space: David Miller (moderator), Chief Technologist, NASA; Kerri Cahoy, Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT; Antonio Elias, Chief Technical Officer, Orbital Sciences; Steve Isakowitz, President, Virgin Galactic; Robie Samanta Roy, Vice
Reception and Symposium Banquet, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Norman Augustine, former CEO and President, Lockheed Martin
October 23, 2014 AeroAstro Centennial Celebration Reception and Symposium Banquet, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Remarks by Rafael Reif, MIT President and Jaime Peraire, AeroAstro Department Head.
Welcome: Jaime Peraire, AeroAstro Department Head and H.N. Slater Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT
What is the legacy of the Apollo program, and what can we learn from it to help us confront the scientific and engineering challenges of our own time? This short film kicked off the "Giant Leaps" Symposium commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing.
A tribute to the life and work of Bob Seamans, Associate Administrator of NASA during the Apollo Program, and former Dean of Engineering at MIT. Shown at the Centennial celebration Kennedy Library banquet.
Lightning Talks MIT student presentations: Patrick Blonigan (G, moderator), Casey Denham (senior), Karl Gantner (G), Gwendolyn Gettliffe (G), Koki Ho (G), Brad Holschuh (G), Xun Huan (G), Luke Jensen (G), Connie Liu (senior), Anne Marinan (G), Tony Tao (G)
Spotlight on the Future of Education Sanjay Sarma, Director of Digital Learning, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT