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Successful launch of CHOMPTT puts MAE in space

MAE’s cube satellite launched into space Sunday from New Zealand as part of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program.  Led by Prof. John Conklin and students from the Precision Space Systems Laboratory, the goal of their satellite mission is to explore advanced navigation technologies.

A Different Approach to Educating the New Engineer

Photo of Dr. Dan Dickrell

Sometimes engineering looks like hours spent in a lab trying to determine which line of code is holding up an otherwise perfect program.

Other times, it looks like riding a M18 Hellcat Destroyer tank from World War II - and screaming. 

It's not exactly what Dan Dickrell, Ph.D pictured when he took a faculty position at the University of Florida seven years ago, but he isn't complaining. 

ZERO-G and UF Collaborate to Advance Deep-Space Missions

“G-FORCE ONE is the perfect test bed for space-bound technology and is one of the last steps before sending experiments into orbit,” said Terese Brewster, CEO of ZERO-G. “The data collected from these universities and future groups who do research with us is vital for the future of space exploration.”

The below experiment was conducted by the UF group during the four research flights conducted between March 21-24, 2017:

Rocket Propellant Thermal Management System for Deep-Space Missions, University of Florida

UF Department of Mechanical Aerospace Engineering

Congratulations to Nikhil D. Londhe, a current MAE PhD student, on receiving the Walter D. Hodson award. The award is given to the lead author of the best paper written by a Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers member published by the STLE. In his award-winning paper, Nikhil and his co-authors (Dr. Nagaraj K. Arakere and Dr. Raphael T. Haftka) presented a modified set of data to be used when predicting the fatigue life of modern bearings.