Satellites and spacecraft have unfolding mechanisms for solar panel deployment, but they're not designed to close and re-open multiple times. This research, funded by NSF, will find ways to automate these types of operations for many applications.
The aviation industry accounts for about 2.5 percent of global carbon emissions, and all hands are on deck to lower the number. There is a vital need to accurately assess how effective SAF would be at lessening carbon emissions in commercial air transportation.
Riley Stonesifer grew up thrilled by the aerospace technology and innovation surrounding her in the Seattle area. Studying at Raisbeck Aviation High School gave her a personal connection to the aviation icon and led her to Purdue.