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2013-2014 Senior Capstone Design Class


Summaries of the 2013-2014 Design Projects can be seen below.

UAV for Reliability

Sponsored by AEM Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Lab

Design goals:
  • Analyze the reliability of current Ultra Stick 120 UAV
  • Redesign and analyze a new configuration
  • Increase reliability by a factor of 10 at no more than double the cost

Rocket

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace

Sponsored by Honeywell

Design goals:
  • Organize UAS into various categories
  • Identify available equipage options for self-separation
  • Set equipage requirements
  • Determine ROW rules
  • Define and demonstrate "well clear"

Canard Design

Maritime patrol

Sponsored by Boeing

Design goals:
  • Design a maritime patrol system utilizing a combination of existing and/or conceptual aircraft
  • Must meet the following requirements:
    • Patrol area: 1200 x 200 nmi
    • Cost: < $1 billion

Rocket

Astroid Deflection Mission

Design goals:
  • Design an orbit that starts from LEO and intersects the astroid Apophis
  • Deflect the orbit of Apophis with a small spacecraft
  • Ensure that new hyperbolic perigee of Apophis is increased by at least one Earth radius

Canard Design

High-Power Rocketry

Hosted in North Branch, MN: April 26, 2014

Design goals:
  • Build a high-powered rocket to compete in the WI Space Grant Consortium Collegiate Rocket Competition
  • Must meet the following requirements:
    • High power, single stage rocket
    • Dual-deploy electronic recovery with motor backup
    • Target altitude of 3,000 feet
    • Recover in a re-flyable condition

Rocket

Aeroelastic Wing

Sponsored by AEM Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Lab

Design goals:
  • Design a wing which will flutter within the flight envelope of an existing flight test vehicle
  • Must meet the following requirements:
    • Vibrational Characteristics
    • Mold Line
    • Mass Properties
    • Interface with Aircraft

Rocket

SAE Micro Aircraft Competition

Hosted in Atlanta, GA: April 11 - 13, 2014

Design goals:
  • Design a modular aircraft within the packaging requirements
  • Carry the highest payload fraction while concurrently maintaining the lowest empty weight

Icing Wind Tunnel

Design Team 1

C-130

Design Team 2

Packable Muli-Rotor UAV for Monitoring Wildfires

Sponsored by United Technologies Acrospace Systems

Design goals:
  • Provide a detailed plan for creating a small multi-rotor UAV for monitoring wildfires
  • Must meet the following requirements:
    • Cost $1,750 or less
    • Weigh < 2 kg
    • Guarded propellers

Tilt rotor UAV

Design Team 1

Lunar lander

Design Team 2

Last Modified: 2014-02-11 at 16:10:56 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation