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Spring 2011 Mechanical and Aerospace Systems II: Information About Course: Course Syllabus

Christopher Lee, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Abstract

A student team will work in the manner of a small engineering research and development company to develop a mechanical or aerospace system to address a current market need. A comprehensive system design will be developed based upon quantitative analysis using commercial simulation software. Prototypes systems will be fabricated, evaluated and refined to meet performance objectives. This semester will focus on the design and fabrication of a 'perching' landing gear system for a small autonomous or remotely controlled air vehicle. The landing gear will enable the air vehicle to grab a hold of and land upon tree branches. Mechanical aspects dominate but there is a need for hardware and software development of sensors and instrumentation.