Seminar@DEM – R. John Hansman

“Student Based Design and Prototyping of Innovative Flight Vehicles”. – 2 p.m.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Técnico (DEM-IST) is pleased to announce the first seminar under the Seminars@DEM 2022.

  • 19th January 2022, 2 p.m. – In-person*
  • Speaker: R. John Hansman (T. Wilson Professor, Dep. Aeronautics & Astronautics, MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, USA; Co-Director MIT Portugal Program).
  • Title: “Student Based Design and Prototyping of Innovative Flight Vehicles).
  • Abstract: This seminar will discuss an approach to developing innovative aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles where external sponsors commission university student teams to design and prototype high risk vehicle concepts. The students are given mission requirements which cannot be met with traditional vehicles and develop preliminary designs in a capstone vehicle case. The designs are refined, prototyped and test flown in follow on laboratory courses. The most recent design class was taught remotely and included a number of IST students through the MIT Portugal Program. The structure of the program will be presented and a number of example vehicles will be discussed including 1) eSTOL: 4 Seat Hybrid Electric eSTOL Aircraft with 100m Takeoff and Land Footprint; 2) Firefly: Small Deployable Rocket Powered UAS, 3) Jungle Hawk Owl: Long (5 day) Communications Relay Vehicle; 4) SACOS: Stratospheric Airborne Climate Observatory System; and 5) Perdix: Small Deployable Swarm UAS.

*Venue: Informatics III building, ground floor, FA3 amphitheatre.