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BRIEFS
LEARNING FROM BIRD AND INSECT
FLIGHTS

Some consider hummingbirds to be the most agile flying animal in
the world.
The extraordinary ability of hummingbirds to perform
complex escape maneuvers will be explored at Penn State
University for its potential to enhance the field of robotics
and micro aerial vehicles, thanks to a $923,483 grant from
the Office of Naval Research. Researchers hope to gain
a holistic understanding of the bird's maneuverability by
working with biologists and fluid dynamicists. Vanderbilt
University and the University of Montana are working with
project lead Penn State, the latter of which will integrate
the aspects of aerodynamics, biology, and robotics, with
a particular focus on perception, motion planning, and
control. The other teams will focus on the aerodynamics
and biological aspects of hummingbird flight.

A PLANE COULD GIVE YOU FLYING LESSONS
Vehicles make more
decisions for people than
we might realize-and they
have been for a while. Just
nine years after the Wright
brothers successfully flew
the first plane in 1903,
autopilot was invented. As
more automated features
Photo credit: Purdue University/DeEtte Starr
are introduced in air and
Experiments
using this driving simulation will
ground vehicles, people will
help
researchers
to develop algorithms that
need more help learning
how to use them. That's the allow an autonomous vehicle to understand and
predict human behavior.
thinking of a multi-institute
team of researchers aiming
to develop algorithms that would allow a system to recognize when a
human doesn't know how to use it, and then adapt to that person's skill
level. The work, co-led by the University of New Mexico and Purdue
University in collaboration with the University of Colorado and the
University of Texas at Austin, is part of a $5.5 million grant awarded
by the National Science Foundation Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
program. The project is titled "Cognitive Autonomy for Human CPS:
Turning Novices into Experts."

MIT IMPRESSES AT 4TH HYPERLOOP COMPETITION
UA ANTENNA HEADED FOR SPACE

Image credit: Vishnu Reddy

A rendering of CatSat, a nanosatellite being built by UA students.
An inflatable space antenna designed by University of
Arizona students is one of 16 small research satellites
from 10 states NASA has selected to fly as auxiliary
payloads aboard space missions planned to launch in
2020, 2021, and 2022. The selections are part of the 10th
round of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative. CubeSats
are a type of spacecraft called nanosatellites and can
be as small as about 4 inches on each side. UA's CatSat
is about 6 times larger than that. When fully deployed,
the inflatable expands in a bubble gum fashion, forming
a sphere 3 feet across that sticks out from one side of
the box. An aluminized spot inside the inflated sphere is
used as the communication antenna.

MOMENTUM

A student team from MIT
placed fifth among all
global competitors and
first among U.S. teams in
the fourth Hyperloop Pod
Competition with a 200-kg
vehicle, dubbed Hyperloop
II, that goes from 0 to 200
mph in 20 seconds with the
push of a finger. The team
collaborated with one from
the University of Texas on
pneumatics and conducted
analyses to determine the
type of sensors needed
to levitate and propel the
MIT's entry was the only fully functioning
pod at the required speed,
levitating pod in the competition at SpaceX
adjusting here, fine-tuning
headquarters in July.
there. They fashioned
the 70-component wiring harness and constructed a test track in a
200-foot-long corridor beneath MIT's Great Dome. MIT's entry was
the only fully functioning levitating pod in the competition at SpaceX
headquarters in July.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Momentum - November 2019

Momentum - November 2019
Contents
EDITORIAL
BRIEFS
STUDENT GENERATION
One-on-One – Matt Heywood
Experience and innovation walk hand in hand
Baja SAE 2019: a tale of wind, rain (sleet/ mud), and sunshine
‘Complete, finish, win’
Low-speed controlled flight top of mind for Cal State Northridge team
Big data, big benefits for big machines
Mercedes-Benz EQS concept: the S-Class of electric vehicles?
SAE 101: EDGE Research Reports
New SAE student challenge centers on connected aircraft
Miscellaneous news for SAE Student Members!
Dossier: Steve Rehak of Detroit Flex Defense
What’s next?
Momentum - November 2019 - Momentum - November 2019
Momentum - November 2019 - Cover2
Momentum - November 2019 - Contents
Momentum - November 2019 - EDITORIAL
Momentum - November 2019 - BRIEFS
Momentum - November 2019 - STUDENT GENERATION
Momentum - November 2019 - 5
Momentum - November 2019 - 6
Momentum - November 2019 - One-on-One – Matt Heywood
Momentum - November 2019 - Experience and innovation walk hand in hand
Momentum - November 2019 - 9
Momentum - November 2019 - 10
Momentum - November 2019 - Baja SAE 2019: a tale of wind, rain (sleet/ mud), and sunshine
Momentum - November 2019 - ‘Complete, finish, win’
Momentum - November 2019 - 13
Momentum - November 2019 - 14
Momentum - November 2019 - Low-speed controlled flight top of mind for Cal State Northridge team
Momentum - November 2019 - Big data, big benefits for big machines
Momentum - November 2019 - Mercedes-Benz EQS concept: the S-Class of electric vehicles?
Momentum - November 2019 - SAE 101: EDGE Research Reports
Momentum - November 2019 - New SAE student challenge centers on connected aircraft
Momentum - November 2019 - Miscellaneous news for SAE Student Members!
Momentum - November 2019 - 21
Momentum - November 2019 - Dossier: Steve Rehak of Detroit Flex Defense
Momentum - November 2019 - 23
Momentum - November 2019 - What’s next?
Momentum - November 2019 - Cover3
Momentum - November 2019 - Cover4
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