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Students from around the World Design, Manufacture, and Fly an Aircraft

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2013 ASEE International Forum


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

Conference Session

Track 4 - Session II - Student and Curriculum Development II

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Student and Curriculum Development

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21.62.1 - 21.62.9



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Jean N. Koster University of Colorado, Boulder

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Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences.
Graduated from University of Karlsruhe Germany in Mechanical Engineering.
Taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder for 25 years, mainly materials science and capstone senior design.
Research in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and processing of electronic and structural materials; aerospace systems engineering and electric vehicles.
Developed spaceflight hardware and led experiments on board of the Space Shuttle Columbia, STS 65.
Published 100 papers in journals and conferences, 4 books, and 2 book contributions.
Has 2 patents pending.
Founding president of Tigon EnerTec Inc.

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Students from around the World Design, Manufacture, and Fly an AircraftSession: Student DevelopmentABSTRACTThe Hyperion aircraft project was an international collaboration to develop an aerial vehicle toinvestigate new technologies with a focus on performance efficiencies. A delocalizedinternational team of graduate and undergraduate students conceived, designed, implemented,and operated the aircraft. The project taught essential systems engineering skills through long-distance design and manufacturing collaborations with multidisciplinary teams of studentslocated around the world. Project partners were the University of Colorado Boulder, USA, TheUniversity of Sydney, Australia, and the University of Stuttgart, Germany. The three teams aredistributed eight hours apart; students can relay select work daily so that developments can“Follow-The-Sun”. Select components are manufactured and integrated both in Stuttgart andColorado, giving the students an opportunity to learn multifaceted design tactics formanufacturing and interface control. Final flight testing of the first version of the aircraft wasconducted by the global team in Colorado during the month of April 2011. The second version,which added a blended wing body geometry, autonomous flight control, and perhaps the hybridpropulsion is expected to be flight tested by April 2013.

Koster, J. N. (2013, June), Students from around the World Design, Manufacture, and Fly an Aircraft Paper presented at 2013 ASEE International Forum, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--17267

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