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The Sooner Lunar Schooner: A Common Project For Multiple Aerospace Classes

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Undergraduate Spacecraft Design II

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12.1468.1 - 12.1468.16



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David Miller University of Oklahoma

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David P. Miller received his B.A. in Astronomy from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale. He has worked at both JPL and Ames Research Center and is the recipient of numerous NASA awards including the Exceptional Service Medal for his work on small rovers leading to the Pathfinder Rover Mission. Dr. Miller currently is the Wilkonson Chair and Professor in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

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Yunjun Xu University of Oklahoma

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Dr. Yunjun Xu received his mastes degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida. In the fall of 2004, Dr. Xu joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in the School of Aerospace and Aerospace Engineering.
His research interests are guidance, navigation, controls, and visualization.

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The Sooner Lunar Schooner: A Common Project for Multiple Aerospace Classes


The Sooner Lunar Schooner (SLS) mission is a robotic mission to perform material science experiments on the lunar remnants of the Apollo 17 and Lunakhod 2 space- craft. We have been using the SLS mission scenario as a framework for a number of classes in several departments including the aerospace and mechanical engineering departments.

In this paper we will discuss, within the framework of the SLS project, the arrange- ment of projects within courses; give examples of the types of experiments and projects we are doing in these classes; and present current assessment results and future plans for assessment; plans for making SLS a coordinated multi-year theme through the curriculum; and the current state of the SLS mission.

The Sooner Lunar Schooner Mission

The Sooner Lunar Schooner is a multi-disciplinary ongoing project at the University of Oklahoma to plan, design, prototype, cost and (when funds become available) build/contract and fly a robotic mission to the Moon.

The core of the SLS mission will be two robot rovers that will traverse the Moon’s surface and observe its geology, as well as locating and studying artifacts of previ- ous Lunar missions, including Apollo 17 and Luna 21 (Lunakhod 2). These rovers will be delivered to the surface by an innovative landing capsule designed to absorb the impact of a rough landing, rather than relying on a precision-guided powered descent. Upon arriving at the Moon, the spacecraft will fire a retrorocket, slowing

Miller, D., & Xu, Y. (2007, June), The Sooner Lunar Schooner: A Common Project For Multiple Aerospace Classes Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1701

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