Way To Make An Entrance!

Experiential Learning is just that; learning by doing, whether in victory or defeat. In their first year the S&T Mars Rover Design Team (MRDT) put together a superbly-organized crew that made it to competition in the Utah desert. That Mars-analog, on-the-ground experience gave the Miner Martians the last piece of the puzzle, the understanding of what the task really demanded. And they responded!
MRDTUnveilSUN_0474Graduating CEO Michael Bouchard opened the ceremony by recognizing the Mars Society, sponsors of the international competition, and explaining the team’s philosophy of “Today. Tomorrow. Forever.”

No S&T design team has ever made such a quantum leap in their sophomore season as MRDT; no team has even come close. Phoenix, revealed Friday to a large campus crowd, looks like the team skipped several generations of development to produce a vehicle light-years ahead of last year’s highly-regarded “Akers.”

MRDTSUN_0608Phoenix rolled out from behind a curtain as “Redesigned, Rethought, Reborn” to applause from students, staff, faculty, press, families and campus visitors alike.

Chief Technical Officer Charlie Gardner, Jr., introduced system team leads Ian Lee (mechanical systems), Josh Jetter (telecommunications), Jake Armenta (power train) and Leah Spandle (auxiliary) all of whom described the rover’s many features, from concept to manufacturing and testing.

MRDT2SUN_0673After the formal ceremonies it was time for handshakes, (more) smiles and plenty of photos, topped off by the jubilant “selfie,” before refocusing on the May 29-31st event in remote Hanksville, UT.

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Last year one shocked veteran competitor said “If this is what you bring your first time, what the @#$%&! are you going to bring NEXT year?

He’s about to find out. Five bucks says he’ll be speechless.

Amateur Bobsled Races/HPVC Teaser

Most ASME Human Powered Vehicle events are held on college campuses (campi?), business parks, closed-off roads or an out-of-the-way Indianapolis track that comes alive every Memorial Day weekend. The Hellyer County Park Velodrome, San Jose, CA is … [Continue reading]

Time To Get Civil.

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S&T has two civil engineering-focused design teams, and both hit the road exactly one week from now. Steel Bridge packs up a 1/10th –scale bridge that is assembled by just three students in a race against the clock, then has to support 2,500 … [Continue reading]

Just Because They Are Pedal-Powered, Doesn’t Mean They Don’t Wreck.

If this were the "professional" media we'd rely on a bunch of tweets/twits and not pay anyone to write viable content. Instead we'll plagiarize* email observations from people who know something about last weekend's Human Powered Vehicle … [Continue reading]

Planespotting

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It's somehow appropriate that if you build a car that can really fly, you take it to an airport. S&T's world-renown Formula SAE team has long had trouble finding nice, clean concrete or asphalt acreage on which to gather data about the car's … [Continue reading]

Red Rover, Red Rover, Send The Martians On Over….

Monday morning the Mars Rover Design Team (MRDT) work area/stall was quiet; too quiet. Just ten days (and counting) until the public Rover unveiling/naming celebration, you'd think MRDT would be in final/frantic crunch mode; repairing the … [Continue reading]

Odds ‘n Ends from SAE Aero 2014…

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Karma: If you cloak your plane in secrecy convinced another team will steal your design, don’t crash twice. Think about it; every team spent a year developing and testing their design. It’s hardly likely they’ll copy your aircraft in two hours and … [Continue reading]

Former Big 12 Schools Participate in SAE Aero West

The Texas A&M Aggies…… Sharing S&T's hanger, Mizzou … [Continue reading]

Missouri S&T – 2, The Rest Of The World – 1.

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Two years ago SAE International* laid out a challenge; develop, produce and operate a small aircraft capable of dropping emergency equipment and supplies to areas in great need. Through two international competitions not one of the nearly fifty … [Continue reading]

Plenty Of Great Crashes Last Weekend, But……….

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The prize for the sturdiest plane and most determined pilot goes to IPN-ESEMAN UP of Ticoman, Mexico. The plane plowed through an orange safety cone while airborne, rose into the sky as if nothing happened, slammed to the dirt and clawed its … [Continue reading]