Members of the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory are getting a taste of what working as an engineer will be like after graduation.

The highly anticipated, 430,000-square-foot Engineering Education and Research Center has officially opened.

The GRACE-FO satellites, scheduled to launch in 2018, are expected to surpass the current GRACE satellites' accuracy with new laser technology.

Two UT Austin teams were selected to compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition this summer in Hawthorne, California, where student university teams from across the globe were challenged to design and build the best transport hyperloop pod.

The aerospace engineering undergraduate program is ranked No. 8 in the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings.