Published: April 29, 2019

University of Colorado Boulder students have swept the 2019 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Region 5 Student Paper competition.

Senior design teams from the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences earning first, second, and third place at the April conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The teams and their project descriptions are below.

  • 1st Place: Team HEPCATS - The HEPCATS project will collaborate with DigitalGlobe and the CU Space Weather Center to design and implement a prototype of a 6U CubeSat capable of capturing, identifying, and filtering images of the auroras as well as collecting magnetic field data and downlinking the deliverables to a simulated ground station.
  • 2nd Place: Team HERMES - The HERMES team will design, build and test a child scout rover (CSR) that will deploy, take images/videos of the surrounding terrain, determine a viable path to a location of interest (LOI), and upon arrival to the LOI, the CSR will send the viable path to the mother rover.
  • 3rd Place: Team ARES - Build upon the previous Eagle Owl project by designing, building, and testing a box-wing unmanned aircraft with a flush airdata sensing system (FADS) to measure relative wind velocity with the objective of creating a high endurance system that can eventually fly into extreme weather conditions.

As first place finishers, HEPCATS advances to compete at the international AIAA SciTech Forum in January 2020.