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Jon How, the Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and head of the Aerospace Controls Laboratory, said, “Motion capture flight spaces have revolutionized recent work on aerial robotics since they were first created at MIT in 2007. The additional floor area will enable quadrotor flight testing at higher speeds, testing of control systems for full-scale fixedwing aircraft, and much more sophisticated multiagent search and rescue type missions with humans in the loop.” The new high-bay space and the surrounding support space was made possible by a gift from AeroAstro alumnus Kent Kresa (‘59, SM ‘61, ENG/EAA ‘66). The former Chairman and CEO The refurbished Building 31 will include a substantial outdoor rooftop deck situated between the east and west wings. Large new windows surround of Northrop Grumman, Kresa gave the gift to the building; those facing the front (toward Building 13) will offer views of a support MIT’s ongoing leadership in autonomous landscaped access drive and greenspace. (William Litant/MIT photograph) systems and was key in making the full renovation a reality. Several other MIT alumni have supported the Building 31 project, including Art Samberg (AeroAstro ’62) who is interviewed in this issue of AeroAstro. The grand reopening of Building 31 is slated for the second half of 2017. When the doors reopen, AeroAstro will have renewed more than 50 percent of its research space in fell swoop, thanks to our alumni, faculty, staff, and administration coming together for MIT’s future. MARK VELIGOR is a development officer with the MIT School of Engineering. He raises philanthropic support for projects within the Aeronautics and Astronautics and Biological Engineering departments. He can be reached at

Like a phoenix, Building 31 is reborn and rises — spectacularly


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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