UW Aero & Astro is advancing key elements of space exploration from design and construction to launch of CubeSats and sounding rockets, autonomous control and navigation, precision landing on lunar and Martian surfaces, rendezvous and docking, constellations and cooperative robotics. We are developing new materials for spacecraft structures, crucial mechanisms such as reusable landing gear based on principles of origami, better methods for space launches for both crewed and uncrewed missions, advanced propulsion systems for long-range spaceflight, and techniques to slow a spacecraft during reentry.
- Aerospace Thermal Lab
- Autonomous Control Laboratory
- Computational Plasma Dynamics
- Detonation Engines
- Flow Z-Pinch Lab
- The illimited Lab
- Multiscale Analysis of Materials & Structures (MAMS)
- Nonlinear Dynamics & Control Lab
- Robotics, Aerospace, and Information Networks (RAIN) Laboratory
- Space Propulsion and Concepts Engineering Laboratory (SPACE) Lab)
- Williams Turbulence Laboratory
Award-winning student clubs
SEDS is a national student organization that advocates for space exploration and development. Our UW SEDS chapter engages members with engineering challenges and competitions, space policy, and networking within the industry. We empower students to learn about space and engineer the solutions to reach it.
AACT is an organization of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students working together to design, build and test CubeSats. Our mission is to teach students the fundamentals of space systems and provide a hands-on experience that complements academic work.
As UW's student-run rocketry organization, we design, construct, test, and launch a hybrid engine rocket from the ground up every year. We participate in the international Experimental Sounding Rocket Association’s (ERSA) Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC). In 2018, we placed first in the highest altitude category at 30,000 feet with a student-researched and designed propulsion system.
Researchers show us what we gain by applying optimization algorithms to the iconic mission.
Ph.D. student James Koch's research on rotating detonation engines may aid in building cheaper, lighter spacecraft.
A&A is researching supersonic retropropulsion, a leading technique to slow down and land large spacecrafts on Mars.
A&A researchers have developed a novel solution, inspired by origami, to help reduce impact forces.
Carter Vu was selected for the elite Astronaut Scholarship, established to support rising STEM leaders in the US.
A research team spanning three universities led by A&A professor Behçet Açıkmeşe received a total of $1.2 million from the NSF.
SARP, the UW rocketry team, clinched the top spot as the 2019 Judge’s Choice and Overall Winner with its hybrid rocket.