Graduate Projects I and II (ASEN 5018/6028) is a two-semester course sequence designed to expose MS and PhD students to Project Management and Systems Engineering disciplines while working a complex aerospace engineering project as part of a project team. The project team of from 7 to 20 students may perform some or all of the following project activities during the two-semester course sequence:
- requirements definition
- design and design review
A lecture common to all lab sections will introduce students to project management, systems engineering and entrepreneurship as well as technology transfer and intellectual property issues.
For ASEN 5018, it is strongly recommended that students interested in a particular graduate project section enroll early in the open enrollment period. If a graduate project section is full, students are encouraged to choose another project. They may also place themselves on the waitlist; however, until all graduate projects sections have been adequately enrolled, waitlisted students are not guaranteed a spot in the course.
Graduate Projects is a suitable option for degree AES MS students who choose to complete two semesters of work on an aerospace engineering project rather than write a thesis or complete certificate required coursework to satisfy graduation requirements, and for PhD students who value this type of project experience to meet their coursework requirements. The course is also open to students in other engineering departments with the approval of the project professor.
Students completing this course series will be better prepared for the type of project management processes and team dynamics they will encounter in government and industry. The knowledge and skills gained by the students as a result of taking this course will make them more competitive and effective in today's job market.
Graduate Projects Summary for Spring 2016
Section 011 – Bioastronautics Human Spaceflight project - Jim Voss. This project will be involved with design on the Long Duration Spaceflight Habitat for astronaut crews to live in while transiting between Earth orbit and an exploration destination within our solar system. The team will work with other Graduate Project teams to survey existing life support systems that will enable safe and comfortable travel through space for months to years in duration. They will help determine life support and crew accommodations needed for the habitat, complete the preliminary design of human interfaces and accommodations, and prepare a preliminary layout of crew-required systems within an existing cargo spacecraft shell. The team will build and refine over time a mock up of the interior of the habitat, and work on optimizing location and fit of systems and crew accommodations. The mock up will be used for volumetric evaluations, form and fit evaluations, and human factors testing. The project students will function as a team in support of a real-world design and development program, working closely with the Bioastronautics faculty team working on the habitat design, and industry partner Orbital ATK for the habitat design, and NASA. Lab sessions are Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 10:50 in ECAE 104.
Section 012 - CubeSat – Dr. Scott Palo. This project will continue development of the NASA Cube Quest Challenge cubesat focusing on deep space communication. This long standing cubesat project enjoyed the launch over three years ago of their highly successful CSSWE satellite thanks to several semesters of hard work by AES, EE, CS and ME students. A previous Graduate Projects team completed the design and build of a second functional satellite which will launch December 2015. A third satellite will be deliver in early 2016. The cubesat project is great for those who want to learn about small satellite development. The Lab sessions are on Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:50 in ECAE 1B16.
Section 013 - AMARCS – Lakshmi Kantha. The Additive Manufactured Aerospike Reaction Control System (AMARCS) is a regeneratively cooled, liquid fuel, aerospike rocket engine designed for attitude and reaction control of spacecraft. Almost the entire engine is manufactured using solely 3D printing. The overall objective of the AMARCS project is to prove that additive manufacturing can be used to manufacture flight ready parts with designs that previously would have been unfeasible by conventional methods while decreasing cost and production times and increasing performance. The AMARCS project is especially looking for students with interest in instrumentation and testing of engine components to prepare for a static test fire. The project is sponsored by ULA and is under ITAR restrictions. Lab sessions are on Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:50 in ECAE 104.
Section 014 – LifeLAB, ECLSS Test Facility - Dr. Jim Nabity. This project will complete the development of an advanced ECLSS technology test facility that will be used to enable future research opportunities. Students will be exposed to mechanical design, electronics, machining, LabVIEW, and, of course ECLSS (Environmental Control and Life Support System) technologies. Students will also develop baseline ECLSS designs for 30- and 60-day missions with the primary emphasis on form and fit of the selected technologies within the Cygnus vehicle architecture. The lab sessions are on Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:50 in ECAE 104.
Section 015 – MarsOASIS (X-Hab) - Joe Tanner. The NASA and Space Grant sponsored, 2015-2016 X-Hab project will increase the capabilities of a prototype Martian Deployable Greenhouse to enable food production capability for human planetary exploration missions. The project includes a high-level space mission and system concept design and analysis; detailed hardware and software design, development, and testing; complex engineering and biological system integration; and rigorous technical and managerial documentation. A successful system will demonstrate the ability to care for multiple crop-producing plants through their entire life-cycle in a closed-atmosphere environment via remote monitoring and tele-operation. Multiple engineering disciples are needed on the team. The lab sessions are on Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:50 in ECAE 104.
Section 016 - GoJett - Dr. Ryan Starkey. This project is developing a mini-jet powered, supersonic UAV. Skills in mechanical design, controls and electronics or software development are required. This project is for you if want to learn about aerodynamics, jet engine propulsion, structures, thermal analysis, and control systems. And go fast! The team will conduct slow speed testing this coming semester and then transition to development of the high-speed version of the aircraft. The lab sessions are on Monday and Friday from 9:00 to 10:50 in ECAE 1B16.
Section 017 – FlyNet– Dr. Eric Frew. The goal of this project is to design and deploy a system of cooperating multi-rotor aerial robots. The robots will be designed to serve a variety of missions that could include the ability to search for and track targets of interest and tag them for capture. The project will emphasize the creation and field-testing of an autonomy architecture that includes perception, planning, and control with application to indoor search and rescue / capture the flag missions. Experience with programming and embedded systems is not required, but highly recommended. The lab sessions are on Monday and Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:50 in the Fleming RECUV lab.
Section 018 – TASCER - Dr. Bryan Argrow. The goal of this project is to design a software framework to simulate and analyze the use of UAS in emergency response scenarios. The Task Allocation Simulation for Controlled Emergency Response (TASCER) software system will evaluate task allocation algorithms by simulating emergency response scenarios including floods, wildfires, and earthquakes. The simulation will include environment evolution, civilian and emergency response worker dynamics, target tracking and state estimation, platform dynamics, and task allocation and search algorithms. This year will design and implement a software test bed framework while future years will develop a hardware test bed for implementation of a closed loop UAS emergency response system. The lab sessions are Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 – 10:50 in ECAE 1B44.