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  1. 1. University of Colorado at Boulder AerospAce engineering sciences cApstone senior Design progrAm http://www.colorADo.eDu/AerospAce/
  2. 2. CU aerospace engineering seniors assemble their MaCH-SR1 hybrid rocket at Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Canyon facility, in preparation for static test. The achieved rocket thrust was 5,000 pounds. reAl-worlD projects, reAl-worlD eDucAtion The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Aerospace Engineering Sciences Capstone Senior Design Program provides an innovative educational opportunity for students to undertake a real-world project that benefits an industry customer. „ During their senior year, all undergraduate aerospace engineering students must enroll in the department’s two- semester, 4+4-credit senior projects course to complete their degree. Working in teams to complete a customer- sponsored project approved by the department, students synthesize and apply fundamentals of science, mathematics, and engineering as they simulate the activities of a small, entrepreneurial company. „ Each project must include mechanical, electrical, and software elements, so student teams are exposed to a variety of technical challenges in addition to learning project management and leadership skills. The department offers complementary weekly seminars and workshops on select topics to teach students procedures of running a design project from a requirement to a product. „ The unique structure of the Capstone Senior Design course allows students to learn from the expertise of industry professionals and engineering faculty while tackling a variety of technical challenges. Each team is self-directed, has two assigned faculty advisors, and can call on resources including the program’s Project Advisory Board (PAB), composed of nine faculty and two technical staff.
  3. 3. how it worKs Each team of 7-10 students selects its own leadership and specialty leads. Teams are responsible for their own time and personnel management, including staying within an allocated budget. Teams report on a weekly basis to their two faculty advisors. Up to three times each semester teams present to the Project Advisory Board. Typical Senior Projects Team Structure A full-time machinist and full-time electronics technician are available to Self-directed teams operate like small entrepreneurial businesses give students design and manufacturing 2 PAB guidance in the department shops. Model Customer Advisors During the first semester, teams focus on Student Team’s the synthesis of technical knowledge, the Organizational systems engineering design process, and Project Systems Manager Engineer Structure communication. During the second semester, teams focus CFO Manufacturing Safety Engineer Engineer on the fabrication, integration, testing, verification and validation of the designs Common Subsystems: Mechanical produced in the first semester Electrical Subsystem 1 Subsystem 2 Subsystem 3 Subsystem 4 Software Lead Engineer Lead Engineer Lead Engineer Lead Engineer Aerodynamics Structures Thermal 1 sAmple projects Group Name Customer Project Project Specifications/Goal ARCTIC University Arctic Region Climate The goal is to develop a payload that provides arctic of Alaska Tracking and Instrumentation climate data measurements at otherwise inaccessible Cargo earth-fixed locations. The payload will be constructed for an InSitu Insight A-20 UAV. ReMuS Jet Re-deployable Multi-rover The goal of this project is to provide a proof-of-concept Propulsion System for an interacting multi-robot system. Two child robots Laboratory will detach from the mother, perform tasks and reattach to the mother. VALASA- NOAA Vertical Ascent and Landing Design and build modifications that will outfit an RAPTOR Aircraft for the Study of existing remote controlled UAV with VTOL and hovering Atmospherics in recording capabilities and carry a NOAA designed probe. Acoustic Propagation of Terrestrial and Oceanic Radiation SHARC Sierra Stable Handling Aerial Radio- Develop a low-cost, easy to operate, and reliable aerial Nevada controlled Cargo-testbed vehicle for testing of sensor payloads Corporation
  4. 4. project milestones The learning goals for the senior design projects are tailored to practices in industry. Students learn how to follow the standard milestones in a design process: „ Customer Project Requirements Document detailing project requirements „ Project Definition Document (PDD) Students analyze top level project requirements, top level system requirements, the potential risks of the design effort, and analyze their skills and personalities (Myers-Briggs test) and form a team organization. This is a written document. „ Conceptual Design Document (CDD) Students present three conceptual designs that could satisfy the customer requirements and define success for the project. This is a written document. „ Preliminary Design Review (PDR) Students present a “Senior design gave me the preliminary design with “back-of-the-envelope” calculations (undergraduate coursework). This is an oral presentation by opportunity to lead my peers a subset of the students. All students are required to present through two arduous semesters once during each semester. culminating in the static fire of „ Critical Design Review (CDR) The selected final design with a 5,000-pound thrust hybrid full analysis has to be presented here. Solidworks designs rocket engine. The lessons and prototyping have to prove feasibility. Test plans have to I learned about team work be ready and test facilities must be confirmed for availability. Manufacturing plans and parts lists must be presented. have contributed greatly to my Successful CDR is required to get permission for starting success in industry.” manufacturing. „ Fall Final Report Full documentation of the work throughout —Derek Lerner, 2004 graduate the fall semester is required, including the mechanical, Lead Systems Engineer electronic and software portions. Orbital Sciences Corp. „ Two Interim Reviews at the start of the spring semester inform the PAB about the progress of manufacturing, integration and testing, including discussion of emerging off-ramp designs. „ AIAA Student Paper Each team writes a paper on their project according to AIAA guidelines for the Student Conferences. The paper is graded by advisers; submission is voluntary. „ Spring Project Review This is the final oral presentation to the PAB which must include a discussion of achieved and intended goals and objectives through testing results. „ Spring Final Report This is the complete report for the two- semester project which includes all data packages developed during the course. Students validate their achievements. „ ITLL Design Expo Students are required to participate in the ITLL Expo and be capable of explaining their technical work to the general public, including primary and high school students.
  5. 5. AccolADes AnD AwArDs AIAA Region V Conference Student Paper Awards: 2008: First Place, Team Division (KRAKEN team) 2008: Second Place, Team Division (MARVLIS team) 2007: First Place, Team Division (SOARS team) 2007: Best Student Paper, JANNAF Conference (MaCH-SR1) 2002: First Place, Undergrad Division (Otto Krauss/MaCH-SR1 ) Team KRAKEN The KRAKEN senior project team won best new entry at the 2008 AUVSI underwater autonomous vehicle competition at Point Loma Naval Base. KRAKEN, pictured below, placed 8th in static judging and 18th overall out of 25. Most new teams do not usually navigate any of the obstacles, so this is an excellent first year showing. KRAKEN also claimed awards at regional and international student paper conferences. “The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) sponsored a senior design project as a proof of concept. The project is to design a mother rover with deployable children. The project has been extremely successful for both the students and JPL. It has provided the students with a real- world task and JPL with research data. The program itself is well run and well executed. JPL has been so pleased with the project that we are looking into sponsoring another one.“ — Barbara Streiffert Senior System and Software System Engineer Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  6. 6. sponsorship Benefits sponsor A „ Each team spends on average 3,600 man-hours on the project over 28 project school weeks. „ Sponsors have the opportunity to interact with and mentor potential future employees. „ Interested parties should contact the Course „ Sponsors can pay a fee to retain Intellectual Property developed in the Coordinator (see back cover project, if they wish. for information) to receive a copy of the Customer sponsor expectAtions Requirements Document and additional information on „ Sponsors should understand that the primary goal is education, so becoming a sponsor. projects that are in the customer’s critical path cannot be accepted. All „ Sponsors can select from projects are conducted on a best-effort basis. two alternative avenues: „ Sponsors complete a Project Proposal form (PP) and a Customer Minimum Support or Project Requirements Document (CPRD) in negotiation with the course Customer Ownership coordinator. „ Customer Ownership „ Sponsors review and negotiate the Project Definition Document (PDD) Schedule includes transfer of and Conceptual Design Document (CDD) with the students. ownership of project-created Intellectual Property rights to „ Sponsors provide the project team with advice and feedback on the customer submitted documents and presentations. „ Customer pays an „ Sponsors participate in private project reviews (PDR, CDR, IR1, IR2, FPR). infrastructure fee and “Forming that relationship between the school and industry receives an electronic copy of each project milestone was of great benefit to all parties. Not only did the students „ Additional conditional get a great learning experience to help prepare them for deliverables will be based industry, but SNC was able to obtain valuable research. “ on an agreement between the customer and the AES Michael Bertman, Senior Aerospace Engineer department Sierra Nevada Corporation
  7. 7. ABout the DepArtment of AerospAce engineering sciences The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences currently has approximately 400 undergraduates and 160 graduate students. Its 27 faculty work in areas including systems, mechanical, electrical, and software engineering, as well as aerospace sciences — specifically in aerospace technologies, such as aircraft, spacecraft, structural engineering, guidance and control, robotics, GPS, astrodynamics, and space life sciences. The department sponsors or co-sponsors four interdisciplinary research centers and receives about $10 million annually in sponsored research awards. Leading research centers are in astrodynamics, structures, bioastronautics, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Senior Design: Advancing Aerospace Technology At left, Solar Unmanned Aerial Vehicle makes a test flight over the Rockies. Below, MaCH-SR1 hybrid rocket testing at Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Canyon Facility. http://www.colorADo.eDu/AerospAce/
  8. 8. contAct informAtion Course Coordinator Prof. Jean Koster 303-492-6945 Student Adviser Claire Yang 303-492-2940 Department Chair Prof. Jeffrey Forbes 303-492-4359 University of Colorado at Boulder Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences 429 UCB Boulder, Colorado 80309-0429 (303) 492-6417 Visit the following web sites for more information: (student networking site)