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Highlights of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Prof. Wesley Harris
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: N/A

A series of lectures on the activities of the Aero/Astro Department will cover areas of interest in research, with oral presentations, films and/or demos and examples.
Contact: Marie Stuppard, 33-208, x3-2279, mas@mit.edu
Sponsor: Aeronautics and Astronautics

Recent Results in Ultrawide Bandwidth Communications
Prof. Moe Win
Mon Jan 3, 03-04:00pm, Room 33-206

Automation Bias in Intelligent Time Critical Decision Support Systems
Prof. Missy Cummings
There are measurable costs to human performance when higher levels of automation are used, i.e. loss of situational awareness, complacency, skill degradation, & automation bias. We will discuss the influence of automation bias in intelligent decision support systems, mainly those in aviation domains, and how this bias affects system effectiveness.
Wed Jan 5, 02-03:00pm, Room 33-206

Wall Street Perspectives on the Aerospace/Defense Industry
Dr. Myles Walton, CIBC World Markets
Have you wondered about the connection between financial markets and aerospace/defense companies? An aerospace/defense stock analyst (and MIT Course XVI alum) will provide an in-depth look at how politics, business strategy, engineering excellence and financial execution all play into the valuation of a company.
Mon Jan 10, 02-03:30pm, Room 33-206

High-Speed Gas Bearings and Rotordynamics for Micro-Turbomachinery
Prof. Zoltan Spakovszky
Discussion of the analytical modeling,design,fabrication and experimental testing of high-speed hydrostatic gas bearings for the MIT micro-engine. Brief introduction of the hydrostatic gas bearing theory and outline of instability mechanisms in such bearings together with engineering solutions critical for stable high-speed bearing operation.
Thu Jan 13, 02-03:00pm, Room 33-206, Initially scheduled on 1/14.

Two Case Studies at Launch Vehicle Mishaps
Col. Peter Young
A discussion of the circumstances leading to two launch vehicle mishaps: a Titan IV expendable launch vehicle and a Pegasus XL winged launch vehicle mishap. Videos and slides will provide insight into the mishaps' 'root causes', and attendees will be provided insight into the operational decisions that were primary contributors to these accidents.
Tue Jan 18, 02-03:30pm, Room 33-206

Beyond GPS - Relative Navigation Systems
Prof. Eric Feron
Brief discussion of existing approaches & products for relative navigation systems & outline of drawbacks. Intro of a new product invented at MIT & developed by Nascent Tech Corp, aimed at measuring relative position & attitude between 2 systems using simple optical measurement systems & interferometry principles.
Wed Jan 19, 02-03:00pm, Room 33-206

Biosphere 2 - Lessons for Space Travel
Dr. Bruno Marino, Biosphere 2, Science Director
Biosphere 2, a closed ecological city constructed in the Arizona desert, provided the habitat for two separate crews to live and work in a sealed environment in the early 1990s. The outcome of these projects will be reviewed with emphasis on the lessons learned with applications to humans' long-duration space travel.
Thu Jan 20, 02-03:30pm, Room 33-206

From MIT to the Moon
Dr. Richard Battin
In 1961 President Kennedy announced that America would put a man on the moon and return him safely to earth before the end of the decade. Exactly 11 weeks later the MIT Instrumentation Lab was chosen by NASA to provide the guidance and navigation system for the Apollo spacecraft. Dr. Battin was there and will tell the story from the MIT viewpoint.
Mon Jan 24, 02-03:30pm, Room 33-206

Aluminum Alloy Products for the Aerospace Industry: Past, Present and Future
Dr. Hasso Weiland, Material Science, Alcoa Research Laboratory
The aluminum industry currently faces significant threads from increased application of composite materials in airframe design. New engineering and material solutions are needed. This presentation will briefly review the history of aluminum alloys in the aerospace industry, and discuss critical technology and R&D needs.
Wed Jan 26, 03-04:00pm, Room 33-206

What's Wrong with US Airlines?
Dr. Peter P. Belobaba, Program Manager, MIT Global Airline
The US airline industry is in the midst of a dramatic re-structuring, as legacy airlines struggle to survive while newer low-cost carriers continue to grow and operate profitably. We look at recent trends and the major shifts in passenger demand, airline pricing, and operating costs that have brought fundamental changes to this industry.
Thu Jan 27, 02-03:30pm, Room 33-206
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