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The Longhorn Rocketry Association Continues to Grow

Longhorn Rocket Association Rocket Launch

The Longhorn Rocketry Association is a student-run amateur rocketry group that is working on high-power rocket certification. Read more...

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Supporting Our Student Groups

The Department’s mission is to turn our students into future engineering leaders who will make an impact on the world. Student projects, organizations and research offer unique opportunities for our students to network with peers and faculty, travel to national conferences and competitions and explore possible career paths while building up a strong resume. In addition to these valuable benefits, our students also gain important technical knowledge and critical thinking skills. The real leaders in ASE/EM are the alumni, parents, corporate partners and friends who provide financial support to our students. 

WIALD: NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Project

The Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development (WIALD) student organization is one of eighteen teams selected to participate in NASA’s 2014 Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program (RGEFP). WIALD’s experiment, “Properties of Vectran Combustion in Microgravity,” will be tested in reduced gravity aboard a NASA microgravity simulation aircraft in late May. Total estimated cost for equipment: $8,000.

Student Unmanned Aerial Systems

The UT Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team is developing an autonomous Unmanned Air System this year for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International student competition. The system will be capable of real-time video surveillance, automated image processing and wireless networking, and autonomous flight, takeoff, and landing. The UAV team will need to purchase a new camera, flight computer, and building supplies in addition to covering travel costs to the competition. Total estimated cost: $9,000.

Longhorn Rocketry Association

The Longhorn Rocketry Association (LRA) now offers three levels of teams: mid-powered teams, advanced teams and high-power teams. The mid-power teams are working on building up the construction and design techniques of the organization with a goal to attain level 1 certification with the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA). The advanced group will build dual-deploy rockets while working toward level 2 certification. The advanced group is key for fine-tuning the more complex aspects of rocketry. The high power team will accomplish particularly difficult objectives such as serial-staging, parallel-staging and the incorporation of complex telemetry in order to reach the future goal of a launching to 100,000 feet. Overall expected expenditures for solid-fuel motors, electronics and lab materials used to build the rockets: $20,0000.


The UT Design/Build/Fly (DBF) team is developing a radio-controlled airplane for the annual AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition, hosted by Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas in April 2014. This year's competition theme is "Backcountry Rough Field Bush Plane" and includes a ground taxi mission simulating a rough field taxi, ferry flight mission, maximum load mission involving wooden cubes, and an emergency medical mission simulating two patients/gurneys and two attendants needing medical transport. Building supplies will mainly consist of composite materials, wood, testing equipment and electric motors. Estimated travel and building supplies costs: $14,000.

The American Helicopter Society at UT Austin

The American Helicopter Society at UT Austin has many goals dedicated toward educational and leadership development. The chapter was founded in November 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Jayant Sirohi. An immediate goal for the chapter is to visit helicopter related corporations such as Bell Helicopter (Spring 2014). By Fall 2014, the chapter expects to begin construction of a quadcopter from scratch, with an aim to participate in the national AHS competition. This project will give members the benefits of applying classroom knowledge to physical challenges of aircraft efficiency and stability. Total estimated cost: $5,000

Learn more about our ASE/EM student projects.

WIALD: BalloonSat Launch Successful!

WIALD BalloonSat

Members of WIALD designed, built and successfully launched a BalloonSat and captured video as the balloon burst at the edge of space. Read more...

UT Design, Build, Fly

Design Build Fly team

Members of The UT Design, Build, Fly team showed their Longhorn pride once again at this year’s DBF Competition, placing 7th among 60 competing teams. Read more...