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Srinivas Bettadpur Named Director of Center for Space Research

Dr. Srinivas Bettadpur has been named director of the Center for Space Research at the Cockrell School of Engineering.

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Space is the Next Frontier for Environmentalism

Dr. Moriba Jah authored this op-ed piece in the Dallas Morning News on the growing number of space objects orbiting Earth.

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Department News

March 5, 2018

2018 SXSW Speakers

ASE/EM associate professor Luis Sentis and visiting researcher Pulin Wang who is working with associate professor Nanshu Lu, will be speaking at SXSW this year.

February 21, 2018

Students Design Propulsion System for Manned Mission to Mars

Texas ASE/EM students qualified for NASA's RASC-AL competition and are designing a novel propulsion system for a manned mission to Mars.

Upcoming Seminar

March 20, 2018

Responsive Surfaces for Reversible Adhesion, Tunable Wetting and Light Manipulation

Dr. Seok Kim

Location: WRW 102
Time: 3:30 pm

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  • Pluto and Charon
    Pluto and Charon
    As Pluto's upper atmosphere escapes into space, a portion is attracted toward its largest moon, Charon, which captures a thin atmosphere of its own. Charon's gravity draws particles onto its leading face while focusing them into a high density (orange) region in its wake. -Computational Fluid Physics Lab (Goldstein/Varghese)

  • Longhorn Rocketry Association
    Longhorn Rocketry Association
    Members of the Longhorn Rocketry Association, a student organization dedicated to allowing rocketry enthusiasts to design, build, and launch high powered rockets, work on their rockets in the Air Systems Lab.
  • GRACE Follow-on Satellites
    GRACE Follow-on Satellites
    Dr. Srinivas Bettadpur is leading the launch of the GRACE Follow-On Mission, replacing the twin GRACE satellites that have been measuring Earth's water and mass movement for 15 years. The new satellites will take more accurate measurements and provide important data on the rate of melting ice, rising ocean levels and depleted aquifers.
  • Simulation of Perturbed Jet
    Simulation of Perturbed Jet
    A shallow water simulation of a perturbed jet (at day 6) on the earth's surface using an upwind Hybridized Discontinuous Galerkin method. The figure shows the (relative) vorticity field of a barotropcially unstable (zonal) flow. -Computational Engineering and Optimization Group (Bui-Thanh)
  • Graphene Grown on Copper
    Graphene Grown on Copper
    This scanning electron microscope shows monolayer (lighter) and bilayer (darker) graphene grown on copper. The underlying copper grain structure and ridges within its grains can be seen. Bilayer graphene has a characteristic wrinkling pattern. -Liechti Research Group

  • Plasma Torch Testing
    Plasma Torch Testing
    A graphite test article is being tested in the hot plume of an inductively coupled plasma torch to study the effects of high temperature air on spacecraft heat-shield materials. The air temperature is about 7000 K and the flow is left to right. Credit: Dr. Noel Clemens and Dr. Philip Varghese
  • Computational Fluid Physics Laboratory
    Computational Fluid Physics Laboratory
    Computational layer transitioning from laminar-to-turbulent behind a roughness element. -Computational Fluid Physics Laboratory (Goldstein Research Group)
  • Air Systems Lab Design
    Air Systems Lab Design
    The student Air Systems Lab supports our capstone aircraft design course and provides work and meeting areas for our AIAA Design/Build/Fly and UT Unmanned Vehicle Systems teams and the Longhorn Rocket Association. 
  • RACE Satellite
    RACE Satellite
    The RACE (Radiometer Atmospherc Cubesat Experiment) satellite uses reflected radiation from the Earth to measure atmospheric water vapor. UT is partnering with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the RACE mission. -Texas Satellite Lab
  • Humanoid Robotics Research
    Humanoid Robotics Research
    Dr. Luis Sentis presents the HCRL/Apptronik Draco Leg, a joint effort between UT Austin and Apptronik Systems, at the Office of Naval Research Science and Technology Expo.
  • HexaCopter
    Todd Humphreys and his research team successfully performed GPS spoofing attacks on a 213-foot superyacht while it traveled on the Mediterranean Sea. A hexacopter with an HD video camera flies near the superyacht's satellite antennas. -Radionavigation Lab (Humphreys Research Group)
  • Soft Tissue Biomechanics Lab
    Soft Tissue Biomechanics Lab
    Dr. Manuel Rausch (right) and his students are researching the mechanical properties of blood clots and chordae tendineae—heartstrings—with the goal of improving treatment for medical issues like heart disease and pregnancy complications.
  • Chaotic Flames
    Chaotic Flames
    This chaotic flame, which is burning jet fuel in the Flowfield Imaging Laboratory, helps to assess the sooting characteristics of new types of fuels, like those derived from natural gas. (Clemens Research Group)
  • Texas Spacecraft Laboratory
    Texas Spacecraft Laboratory
    Dr. Noble Hatten works with a student in the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory. Dr. Hatten is director of the TSL, where undergraduate and graduate students work together to design, fabricate, test, and operate space-based tools.
  • Ground Communication System
    Ground Communication System
    Student members of the Texas Spacecraft Lab with the ground communication system that will be used to communicate with the ARMADILLO satellite
  • Two Point Alignment
    Two Point Alignment
    Experimental laser set up used to make Raman scattering measurements in flames. The laser beam is bounced back and forth between highly reflective mirrors while maintaining a tight focus at two points so as to make measurements with high spatial resolution (within a very small volume). -Laser Sensors Lab (Varghese Research Group)
  • Electronic Tattoo
    Electronic Tattoo
    Dr. Nanshu Lu is shown here wearing the electronic tattoo, which she and her team have developed to monitor bodily functions and signals from the heart and brain.
  • Senior Aircraft Design Team - Fall 2017
    Senior Aircraft Design Team - Fall 2017
    Each semester our aircraft design seniors participate in a student fly-off where two teams compete against each other. Each team is required to build, design and fly their aircraft autonomously to perform various missions.
  • Deepwater Horizon Spill
    Deepwater Horizon Spill
    This Landsat 5 image of the Mississippi Delta was collected in May 2010 and used to observe and forecast the movement of surface oil slicks during the Bp Deepwater Horizon spill. -Center for Space Research (Dawson and Wells Research Groups)
  • Stretchable Electronics
    Stretchable Electronics
    A researcher is handling a 1um thick semi-transparent polyimide film as a substrate for stretchable electronics inside a glove box because polyimide is sensitive to moisture during the curing process. -Mechanics of Bio-Integrated Electronics Lab (Lu Research Group)

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