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2020 Edition

highflight Archive

Part of the transposition and docking maneuver of the Apollo 11 mission.

Updating Apollo 11

A&A researchers show us what we gain by applying optimization algorithms to the iconic mission.

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Echo Lui and Karina Bridgman adjusting their drone.

Hide and seek

A&A's Autonomous Flight Systems Lab builds a drone-based machine learning dataset to find those lost in the wilderness.

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Abigale Snortland and Greg Talpey in the UW Harris Hydraulics Lab

Aerospace turns the tide on marine energy

A&A's Owen Williams advises how to map the hydrodynamics of marine cross-flow turbines to advance cost-effective industry standards.

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Message from the Chair

Professor and Chair Kristi Morgansen reflects on this most unusual and challenging year, encouraged by the research, activities and successes coming out of the Department.

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Modeling COVID-19 transmission: Apply aerospace

A&A alum Dan Klein draws on his controls training to model the transmission of COVID-19 in King County.

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Kourosh Hadi named A&A's Distinguished Alumnus 2020

Boeing's Kourosh Hadi is being honored for his contributions to the field of aeronautics and to the department.

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SARP wins Spaceport America Cup

SARP, the UW rocketry team, clinched the top spot as the 2019 Judge’s Choice and Overall Winner with its hybrid rocket.

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A&A CubeSat secures exclusive NASA spot

NASA picks A&A's CubeSat for the CubeSat Launch Initiative, providing preparation services and a ride into space.

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Good vibrations

A&A's Chun-Wei Chen contains energy for better structures, smoother rides, and higher efficiency.

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Landing big on Mars

A&A is researching supersonic retropropulsion, a leading technique to slow down and land large spacecrafts on Mars.

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Simple, fuel-efficient rocket-engine could enable lighter, cheaper spacecraft

James Koch's (A&A Ph.D. 2020) research on rotating detonation engines may aid in building cheaper, lighter spacecraft.

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Yang part of $1.7M NSF grant to study corals

Associate professor Jinkyu Yang and a team of researchers have received a two-year, $1.7 million National Science Foundation grant to study coral growth.

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Açıkmeşe leads $1.2M NSF grant to advance autonomy through Mars missions insights

A research team spanning three universities led by A&A professor Behçet Açıkmeşe received a total of $1.2 million from the NSF.

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Little to develop data science methods for plasma optimization

A&A professor Justin Little won an award from the Air Force to apply data science methods to plasma physics.

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A&A's fusion energy labs receive $3.5M

The funding moves us closer to initial commercialization for cost-competitive fusion energy.

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Estate gift from Richard Scherrer ('42) creates new faculty support fund

Richard Scherrer (‘42) planned a surprise estate gift that will help A&A fill a priority need.

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