Mechanical and aerospace engineering disciplines have historically provided many of the tools necessary for the exploration of our local universe, ranging from space probes to deep submersibles. The Exploration and Space Technology (EaST) Laboratory is designed to introduce students to advanced research in all manner of technologies with applications to astronautic, aeronautic, terranautic, aquanautic, and bionautic exploration. Exploration vehicles, subsystems, and components are enabled by high performance materials, advanced diagnostic development, and progress in the understanding of natural phenomena. A better understanding of complex systems operating in unknown and often extreme environments is required to further human and robotic exploration of our universe. The National Science Foundation (NSF), along with the National Academy of Engineering, has identified the enhancement of exploration as a Grand Challenge in Engineering. Exploration truly embodies the spirit of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
(photos by A. Ketsdever)
Cutting Edge Research Understanding of complex systems Scientific understanding
· Advanced Propulsion Concepts
· Advanced Power Concepts
Sustainable Energy Collection and Transport
Micro-scale System Development
Atomic and Molecular Acceleration
Chamber for Atmospheric and Orbital Space Simulation (ChAOSS)
High Energy Laser Laboratory (HELL)
Nano-Newton Thrust Stand (nNTS)
Barry Cornella (PhD Student)
Radiometric Flow Studies for Near Space Applications
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Peter Szyjka (PhD Student)
2nd Lt. Wayne Black (MS Student)
Low Reynolds Number Nozzle Flows
2nd Lt. Max Poppler (MS Student)
Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy
2nd Lt. Lucas Derby (MS Student)
High Delta-V Micropropulsion
Jacob Graul (MS Student)
Ryan Bosworth (Undergrad)
Space Simulation Facility Characterization
Trey Quiller (Undergrad)
Austin Ventura (Undergrad)
Carlos Maldonado (Undergrad)
Atomic Oxygen Source
Maj. Thomas Joslyn (PhD), Dissertation: Charging Effects on Fluid Stream Droplets for Momentum Exchange Between Spacecraft
2nd Lt. Anthony OShea (MS)
2nd Lt. Jacob Schonig (MS)
· T. Joslyn, Charging Effects on Fluid Stream Droplets for Momentum Exchange Between Spacecraft, PhD Dissertation, UCCS, Dec. 2009.
A. Ketsdever, Exploration and Space Technology Laboratory, Featured Speaker, Mountain Lion Research Day, 3 April 2009.
EaST Lab Poster Presentation, Mountain Lion Research Day, 3 April 2009.
Shawn Laabs, Propulsion Subsystem Thermal Modeling for the FalconSat-5 Microspacecraft, UCCS Undergraduate Research Journal, July 2009.
· Sean Hammerland and Barry Cornella, A Critical Analysis of Solid Rocket Motor Thrust Augmentation Using Beamed Power, AIAA Student Conference, 22 April 2009.