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Following two years of exhaustive development, in 2001 AeroAstro implemented a unique educational initiative called CDIO, for Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate. For the last 15 years, the CDIO Syllabus has guided the AeroAstro Department’s education programs and initiatives. Guided by the syllabus, students receive a thorough education in engineering fundamentals, but, henceforth, these would be interwoven with considerable hands-on projects, and exposure to a wide-range of topics and skills vital to 21st century engineering such as teamwork, ethics, and communications. Indeed, hands-on projects are an integral part of our AeroAstro education, both within the confines of coursework, and generated by extra-curricular clubs, paid and for-credit research opportunities, and engineering competitions and challenges.

For this issue of AeroAstro, we approached students involved in four hands-on projects and asked them if they would share them with our readers. These projects are: »» Firefly — a 550 mph micro unmanned aerial vehicle »» Hyperloop — a high-speed transportation concept consisting of pods traveling close to the speed of sound through partially evacuated tubes »» Therion — a rocket that uses electric wind to reduce drag »» KitCube — a backpack-size spacecraft competing for a NASA launch to lunar orbit This special section is testament to our students’ allegiance to an AeroAstro motto: “The sky is not our limit.”

SPECIAL SECTION

Student Projects: tiny rocket drones, hyper-speed transport, a composite rocket, and a lunar orbit competitor

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MIT AeroAstro annual magazine 2015-2016Aeroastro 2015 16  

Annual magazine review of MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department research and educational initiatives.

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