Senior Design Projects 2013-2014

Collision Encounter Reduction for Unmanned Aerial Systems (CERUNAS): This project, sponsored by the NSF Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems at CU-Boulder, is developing and flight-testing a low-cost, sense-and-avoid technique for small unmanned aerial vehicles operating in uncontrolled airspace.  Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Jelliffe Jackson

Colorado Mini Engine Team (COMET): Sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), this project is designing and testing a method of electrical power extraction from a mini jet engine without modifying the engine or significantly affecting the available thrust. The team plans to participate in the AFRL Aerospace Propulsion Outreach Program (APOP) competition.  Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Ryan Starkey

Descending/Ascending Rover for Exploration (DARE): This project is sponsored by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is designing and demonstrating a planetary rover capable of climbing and descending slopes up to a 70-degree inclination for exploring rugged terrain.  The system must also integrate with an existing mother rover from previous senior projects.  Faculty Advisor:  Dr. James Nabity

Geocentric Heliogyro Operational Solar Sail Technology (GHOST): Sponsored by the NASA Langley Research Center, the objective of this project is to develop a spinning solar sail concept in a 12U cubesat form factor capable of producing accelerations of 0.1 mm/s at 1 AU, including sail blade deployment and active blade pitch control.  Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Alexi Rakow

Observing Dust Impact Near the Sun (ODINSun): The objective of ODINSun, sponsored by the CU-Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), is to develop and validate a particle impact sensor for characterization of the spacecraft dust environment at 0.3 AU.  The sensor must be able to integrate onto the rear instrument boom of the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft.  Faculty Advisor:  Dr. James Nabity

Proximity Identification Characterization And Neutralization by  tHinking before Acquisition (PIRANHA): Sponsored by Lockheed Martin, students on this project team are developing and validating an orbital identification and proximity operations system for capture and disposal of orbital debris in the size range of 4-40cm diameter.  This system will be tested in the Lockheed Martin Space Operations Simulation Center.  Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Jelliffe Jackson

Space Active Vibration Inversion (SAVI): Sponsored by Ball Aerospace, the objective of this project is to develop and test a vibration isolation system for spacecraft optical payloads using signal inversion techniques to mitigate the effects of cryocooler vibration on image smear.  Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Alexi Rakow

Indoor quadrotor to navigate through doorways (Scout): This project team, sponsored by the CU-Boulder Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV), is developing a sensing and control system for a commercial quadcopter to enable autonomous locating of and flight through doorways.  Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Ryan Starkey

Signal Integrity Verifying Autonomous Quadrotor (SIVAQ): Sponsored by the CU-Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences department, the objective of this project is to augment a commercial quadrotor with the ability to detect and autonomously locate GPS spoofing/jamming sources in flight.  Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Scott Palo

Telemetric Interplanetary Regolith Explorer for Seismic Investigation of Asteroid Surfaces (TIRESIAS):  The objective of this project, sponsored by Ball Aerospace, is to develop and test a communication system, power system, and thermal control system for a seismic asteroid probe. Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Scott Palo