Senior Design 2012-2013

Course Coordinator: Jean Koster
Course Assistant: Jack Mills
Professional Advisory Board (PAB): Sedat Biringen, Hank Scott, Jean Koster, Dale Lawrence, Scott Palo, Matt Rhode, Trudy Schwartz, Joe Tanner

10 Teams:

  • ACES: optical system with thermal control for capturing, storing, and analyzing images of a near-infrared wavelength.
  • CUGAR: serial hybrid gas electric propulsion system
  • FROSD: freestanding GPS sensor to measure snow depth
  • IceSPEAR: ice penetrating deployment characterization system
  • LEOPARD: space debris capture system
  • LoCELS: lunar lander
  • SCUA: separable box wing UAS 
  • TRACSat: testbed to characterize Guidance and Navigation Control algorithms
  • TREADS: mother rover



Auroral Camera For Exploring Space is the design and build a ground-based optical system with thermal control for capturing, storing, and analyzing images of a near-infrared wavelength.


CU Green Aircraft Research is the design a serial hybrid gas-electric propulsion system for integration and operation inside of a Sig Rascal 110 airframe.


Free-Standing Receiver of Snow Depth is the design of a reliable, cost-effective, freestanding GPS sensor to measure snow depth. The sensor receives GPS signals, analyzes and processes the data utilizing a provided algorithm, and telemeters the calculated snow depth measurements to an offsite location while surviving adverse weather conditions.


Gliding Attitude Dynamics And Deployment Research GLADYADR: Project Sponsor: Escape Dynamics Customer: Project Advisors: Hank Scott (CU)
 Project Manager: Kyle Shannon Team Members: Ernesto Chairez, Griffin Hale, Amber Luke, Paul Morgan, Aram Podolski, Sara Rhoades, Kyle Shannon, Madison Wiebe


Ice Surface Penetration Experiment for Artic Research (IceSPEAR) is the design of a sensor deployment system to measure ice and ocean characteristics in remote areas by surviving an airdrop landing, penetrating the ice to allow for representative sensor deployment, collecting data, and relaying that information 10 km for analysis.


Low Earth Project for the Acquisition and Recovery of Debris (LEOPARD) is a Lockheed Martin and Senior Design heritage project that will design, build, and test a debris capture system capable of capturing two objects in sequence representative of a piece of tracked debris that can be found low earth orbit.


Low Cost Exploration Landing System (LoCELS) is the design of a full scale lunar lander prototype using space applicable materials for impact testing on earth. The lander prototype will be capable of carrying a 5 kg mass payload, while limiting the g-load on that payload to under 100 g's.


Small Combined Unmanned Aircraft (SCUA) project will create box wing UAS units capable of flying to a location as an assembly of units, that demonstrate the ability to separate into small assemblies, and exhibit equal and independent performance capabilities.


Target Recognition and Acquisition Cube (TRACSat) will develop a ground-based testbed to characterize Guidance and Navigation Control algorithms.


mulTiple RovEr Acquisition, Deployment, and Storage (TREADS) will investigate the feasibility of conducting unmanned planetary exploration using a multi-vehicle system consisting of a Mother Rover (MR), two Child Rovers (CR), and a Ground Station (GS). TREADS will design, build,and test a Mother Rover that shall: store two Child Rovers and their samples, drive to commanded locations, deploy and recover two Child Rovers, determine attitude and position of the Child Rovers prior to docking.