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.

Design/Build/Fly

Design Build Fly Group

The UT Design/Build/Fly team is developing a radio-controlled aircraft for the international AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition, hosted by Cessna, a Textron Aviation company, in Wichita, Kansas in April 2018. Every competition consists of various flight and ground missions that change from year to year based on that year’s rules and theme. Last year’s theme was “Tube-launched UAV”, and required the construction of a hand-launched aircraft that could carry at least 3 hockey pucks.  During the school year, students will learn firsthand how a team of engineers must work together to create a functioning product by a set deadline. The team will utilize composites, wood, testing and machining equipment, and electric motors to optimize aircraft performance while keeping manufacturing affordable. Estimated Cost: $10,000

Longhorn Rocketry Association

Longhorn Rocketry Group

The Longhorn Rocketry Association will finish construction of a rocket engine test facility at the Pickle Research Center (PRC) by fall 2017. This facility will allow for horizontal and vertical static fire tests of student researched, designed, and built rocket engines. Currently, the club is working on several versions of a development hybrid rocket engine in order to compete in the Student Researched and Designed (SRAD) hybrid/liquid rocket propulsion system category for the 2018 Spaceport America Cup, an international rocketry competition held in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Additionally, the club is continuing to build upon its knowledge gained from its hugely successful certification group by creating increasingly large serially staged rockets with the intent to reach 100,000 feet. LRA intends to combine its staged and engine development teams in the future in order to launch its own liquid rocket engines to the edge of space. Estimated Cost: $20,000

Women in Aerospace Engineering for Leadership Development (WIALD)

WIALD Group

The Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development are working on a hand tool that will enable astronauts on the ISS to detect and permanently cover sharp edges caused by MMOD impacts on EVA handrails. The International Space Station (ISS) has many handrails mounted on its exterior to enable astronauts to get around during Extravehicular Activities (EVA), or spacewalks. These handrails can develop sharp edges due to impacts by Micrometeoroids and Orbital Debris (MMOD). The sharp edges can be dangerous since they have the ability to cut parts of the spacesuit, in particular the gloves. This challenge is multifaceted. First, the astronauts need to be able to detect a sharp edge, which can be difficult when wearing a pressured spacesuit. Then, once located, the astronauts need to remove or cover the sharp edge without creating an additional hazard. The Built-In sharp Ridge Identification and Covering Kit (BRICK) also works in neutral buoyancy conditions because the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory is used to simulate microgravity in space. Estimated Cost: $6,000

UT Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team (UAV)

UAV Group

The UT Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team is a student group project that offers students the opportunity to learn valuable technical and soft skills in the field of aerospace while working in a team environment. We will again compete in the AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems competition in June 2018, after taking 16th of 54 teams in 2017. The UAV team is improving on the recent plane that flew in the 2017 competition and programs involving automated obstacle avoidance to be competitively prepare for 2018. Also, the UAV team will work on a new back-up plane this year with good-size fuselage space, upgraded electronics, and payload delivery capabilities. All of the previous year’s functionality will be repeated, including real-time video surveillance, image recognition, autonomous takeoff, flight, landing, and automated obstacle avoidance. The team will need to purchase many new components for the current and back-up plane, as well as cover their travel costs to the AUVSI SUAS competition. Estimated Cost: $9,000

Texas Aerial Robotics

Texas Aerial Robotics group

Texas Aerial Robotics is competing in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). IARC is a highly-sophisticated competition which pushes the limits of what is considered possible in the field of intelligent autonomous aerial vehicles. The team is researching and applying skills such as computer vision, computational simulation, parallel computing, controls, design, and fabrication to create a system that autonomously interacts with moving ground targets. Estimated Cost: $15,000Texas Aerial Robotics is competing in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). IARC is a highly-sophisticated competition which pushes the limits of what is considered possible in the field of intelligent autonomous aerial vehicles. The team is researching and applying skills such as computer vision, computational simulation, parallel computing, controls, design, and fabrication to create a system that autonomously interacts with moving ground targets. Estimated Cost: $15,000

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