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2014-2015 Senior Capstone Design Class


Summaries of the 2014-2015 Design Projects can be seen below.

Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts

Sponsored by NASA and Bill Garrard and John Weyrauch - UMN

Design goals:
  • Design a system to transport one 20 metric ton payload from the launch pad to the surface of Mars.
    • The payload is a fuel generation system, using Hydrogen brought along from Earth and Carbon Dioxide from the Martian atmosphere to make fuel in the form of CH4 and O2.
  • Use the ADEPT system, which keeps the spaceship safe and helps decelerate it in the Martian atmosphere.

CubeSat for Asteroid Scouting

Sponsored by Suneel Sheikh - Asterlabs & Demoz Gebre - UMN

Design goals:
  • Supplement deep space missions
    • E.g. asteroid scouting, interplanetary reconnaissance, long-range sample return
  • Adhere to 6U CubeSat form factor
    • Compatible with P-POD CubeSat launchers
  • Minimize power consumption (below 25W)
    • Batteries
    • Solar Panels
  • Attitude Determination and Control
    • Within 1 degree of velocity vector knowledge
    • Recovery from tip-off rates up to 100 degrees/sec
    • Stabilization within 2 days
  • Measure mineral concentrations
    • Precision-timing (time-tagging) of individual particle events (~5us precise)
    • Real-time spectrum analysis and flux characteristics
    • Couple with ADCS and navigation subsystem
  • Communication relay:
    • Energy spectrums
    • Attitude, accelerations, etc.
  • Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) design
    • No low-level electrical design
    • No novel propulsive mechanisms
    • Energy detectors with flight heritage
    • Radiation-hardened electronics

Twin Jet Cirrus SF 50

Sponsored by Slavo Tkac -Cirrus Aircraft

Design goals:
  • Increase max range
  • Maintain the same max weight of the aircraft
  • Redesign tail and engines to accommodate this

Soft Recovery System for Air Dropped Munitions Testing

Sponsored by Rollie Dohrn - ATK

Design goals:
  • Reduce avionics damage and repair costs
  • Reliably recover test air data
  • Improve turn-around time for testing
  • Avoid manual labor

High Power Rocket Design

Hosted in Tripoli, MN: May, 2015

Sponsored by James Flaten - UMN


Design goals:
  • Design and build a boosted-dart rocket to compete in the NASA Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition.
  • Achieve highest possible altitude and apogee separation by optimizing parameters of Dart and Booster
  • Use MATLAB, ANSYS, and RockSim software to simulate our rocket to find what design parameters will optimize the performance of our rocket.

Multicopter for Precision Agriculture

Sponsored by Todd Colten - Fourth Wing Sensors

Design goals:
  • Design and Build a multi-copter that will carry near-infrared sensors for agriculture
  • 1.5 kg maximum takeoff mass
  • Maximize endurance of multi-copter; Goal of 20 minutes
  • Must be able to be controlled by an Autopilot or R/C transmitter

Aerodynamics Elements Formula SAE Car

Sponsored by Kieran McCabe - UMN - Student Initiated Project


Design goals:
  • Team goal is to finish in the top 17
  • Faster lap times
    • Increase downforce
    • Minimize drag
  • Better design documentation
  • Minimize increase in cost

General Aviation Aircraft Family

Sponsored by Eric Kaduce and Evan Hiner - Boeing

Design goals:
  • Design General Aviation Airplane Family
  • Comparative performance and pricing
  • Simple to fly, cost effective to operate

Tilt rotor UAV

Design Team 1

Lunar lander

Design Team 2

SAE Micro Air Vehicle Competition

Sponsored by Bill Garrard and John Weyrauch - UMN

Design goals:
  • To design a remote controlled fixed wing aircraft that complies with the following competition requirements:
    • Total weight of aircraft including all electronics and the case it will be carried in must not exceed 10 lbs.
    • Aircraft must be able to fit in a 6'' diameter case
    • Payload must be a 1.5x1.5x5'' rectangular box
    • Aircraft must be able to perform a circuit and land intact to complete a successful flight round


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