Aerospace Technologies

Design, build and research for advanced aerospace technologies with applications to exploration vehicles such as drones, rockets and satellites.

Aerospace Technologies prototype

The students will learn - with hands-on experience - about relevant aerospace technologies and engineering principles to enable robotic exploration missions. The students will also learn about the science objectives and how to develop the payloads and exploration vehicles for scientific missions.

Key elements:
Satellites, Drones, Rockets, Exploration Payloads, Software, Autonomy and Control

Research issues:
The Aerospace Technologies VIP team works on developing technologies to improve upon or build an aerospace vehicle. The students will be involved with various technologies and engineering disciplines, including aerospace, mechanical, electrical and software engineering. This project will help to develop the core competency and understanding of the engineering project life cycle from the design phase through operations. A multi-disciplinary understanding will be developed with the students through various common elements that can be applied across the exploration vehicles. Special topics of interest are the implementation of vehicle autonomy and control, coordination of various vehicles and remote operations. The ultimate goal is to develop more capable and affordable exploration vehicles and successfully operate them in their relevant environments, while supporting science and exploration missions.

Meeting time:
Mondays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Miguel Nunes

Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory

Majors, preparation, interests:
Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Math. Other majors (law, business, design, communication, marketing, etc.) will be encouraged and considered if mutual benefit can be found.

Contact information:
Miguel Nunes,