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 2015
Section 011 – CU Buffs HL-20 - Jim Voss. This project follows the SNC design of the Dream Chaser space vehicle and is excellent for those interested in human rated spacecraft. The project work for next semester involves upgrading the spacecraft mock-up to the quality of a flight simulator with flight-like panels and switches, interactive displays, visual projection and improved pilot seats. The lab sessions are now Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 to 12:50 in ECAE 104.
Section 012 - QB50 – Dr. Scott Palo. This project is developing a two-unit cubesat for an ESA launch to deploy 50 satellites at one time. We are one of the 50. Our design will be completed, assembled and tested by the end of next semester. This long standing cubesat project enjoyed the launch over two 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 is now completing the assembly and testing of a second functional satellite for delivery during the fall 2014 semester. QB50 is a great project 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 - HySoR – Lakshmi Kantha. This project is developing a hybrid-powered sounding rocket for launch. The team has performed several static test firings while improving the rocket subsystems and are preparing for an actual launch by the end of next semester. This is for you if you like structures, propulsion, thermal analysis, control systems and trajectory determination. It is also for you if you like to make noise. The lab sessions are on Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:50 in ECAE 104.
Section 014 – LifeLAB, ECLSS Test Facility - Dr. Dave Klaus. This project is developing an advanced ECLSS technology testing facility that will be used to enable future research opportunities. The team will continue next semester building a thermal vacuum chamber and start utilizing an atmospheric control rig they completed this fall. Students will be exposed to mechanical design, electronics, machining, LabVIEW, and, of course ECLSS (Environmental Control and Life Support System) technologies. The lab sessions are on Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:50 in ECAE 104.
Section 015 - X-Hab - Joe Tanner. The NASA and Space Grant sponsored, 2014-2015 X-Hab project has a goal of creating a prototype Lunar 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 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 Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 4:50 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 hopes to complete low speed testing next semester before starting development of the high-speed version of the aircraft next fall. The lab sessions are on Monday and Friday from 9:00 to 10:50 in ECAE 1B16.
Section 017 – RECUV Aerial Robot Project – Dr. Eric Frew. The goal of this project is to design and deploy a multi-rotor aerial quad-rotor robot. The robot will be designed to serve a variety of missions that could include avalanche rescue, wilderness search and rescue, building / campus tour guide, etc. The project will emphasize the creation and field-testing of an autonomy architecture that extends beyond classical automatic control of the platform. Experience with programming and embedded systems is desired, but not required. The lab sessions are on Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 in the Fleming RECUV lab.
Section 018 – AREND, Anti-poaching UAV – Dr. Jean Koster. This project is part of an international design competition to develop a surveillance capable UAV for use against rhino poaching in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Students are needed who are interested in aeronautics, communications, remote sensing, and embedded systems. This is the final semester of this project but with work summer work possible. A trip to South Africa is also possible. The lab sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 2:50 in ECAE 104.