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Aeronautics and Astronautics

Advanced Special Subject in Humans and Automation
Boeing 767 Cockpit Systems and Automation
Dr. Charles Oman, Brian Nield (Boeing Commercial Airplane)
Mon Jan 10 thru Fri Jan 14, 09am-05:00pm, Room 33-218

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 24-Dec-2010
Limited to 12 participants.
No listeners
Prereq: Permission of instructor
Level: G 6 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit   

Organized lecture or laboratory subject consisting of material not available in regularly scheduled subjects.
Are you interested in learning how airline transport aircraft systems work? In understanding firsthand how pilots control and troubleshoot complex auotmated systems ? What factors are critical in transport aircraft design ? Boeing and MIT Aero/Astro are offering a Boeing 767/757 systems and automation familiarization course corresponding to those taken by Boeing engineers and airline pilots. Classroom lectures and afternoon/evening sessions using a B767-300 desktop flight simulator and computer based training modules . We spend an evening on the real aircraft out at Logan Airport. You don't need to be a real world pilot, or an aero/astro major, but it will help if you have some familiarity with desktop flight simulator basics . Intensive course requiring full time commitment . Pre-registration required to participate in simulator and airport sessions . Morning lectures open to MIT community.
NOTE: IAP 2011 course is fully pre-registered. Waiting list only.
Web: https://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/16/ia11/16.498/index.html
Contact: Liz Zotos, x3-7805, zotos@mit.edu

Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods
Prof. Annalisa L. Weigel, Prof. Earll M. Murman
Wed Jan 19, Thu Jan 20, Fri Jan 21, 08am-05:00pm, Room 33-116

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 20-Dec-2010
Limited to 35 participants.
No listeners
Level: U 2 units Graded P/D/F   

Covers the fundamental principles, practices and tools of lean six sigma methods that underlay modern organizational productivity approaches applied in aerospace, automotive, health care, and other sectors. Includes lectures, active learning exercises, a plant tour, talks by industry practitioners, and videos. One third of the course is devoted to a physical simulation of an aircraft manufacturing enterprise to illustrate the power of lean six sigma methods. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments. Contact: Prof. Annalisa L. Weigel, 33-404, x3-1207, alweigel@mit.edu

Undergraduate Special Project
Aircraft Prototyping
Prof. R. John Hansman
Mon-Fri, Jan 5-7, 10-14, 18-21, 24-28, 09am-04:00pm, Gelb Lab, 1/5 meeting in 33-218 at 9 am.

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 30 participants.
No listeners
Prereq: Prior experience with the skills listed in the description.
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

Opportunity to work on projects related to aerospace engineering outside the department. Consult department's Academic Programs Office.
This course is offered as part of the 16.82/16.821 Aircraft Design-Build sequence and it is open to interested students. The 18-unit spring 16.821 build and flight test course is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students.

In collaboration with Lincoln Lab and the Air Force we are building small deployable UAV's, which can be launched from flare dispensers on the Lincoln Falcon II aircraft for an environmental sampling mission. This is a challenge as the packaged size of the vehicle at deployment is 2x2.5x7 inches. An initial version of the vehicle has been designed in 16.82. We will be building several prototype vehicles over IAP with the goal of initial flight and deployment testing. The flight and deployment tests will form the foundation for full system testing and production in 16.821 this spring. This is a great opportunity to get hands on experience in manufacturing, flight testing and system development.

Co-sponsored by Lincoln Lab and the U.S. Air Force
Contact: Tony Shuo Tao or Russell Stratton, tonytao@mit.edu, rwstrat@mit.edu

Selected Topics in Aeronautics and Astronautics
Prof. David Miller, Prof. Sara Seager
Mon-Fri, Jan 3-7, 10-14, 18-21, 24-28, 09am-04:00pm, Room TBA

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 30 participants.
No listeners
Prereq: Prior experience with the skills listed in the description,
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

Study by qualified students. Topics selected in consultation with the instructor.
Interested in satellite design, the emerging science of exoplanets, or gaining hands-on experience in Aero/Astro labs. Join MIT's ExoplanetSat team this IAP as we build hardware and software for this ambitious CubeSat. ExoplanetSat is a nanosatellite space telescope (think Hubble in a shoebox) designed to detect Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars. With a 10 cm x 10 cm x 30 cm volume restriction and an unprecedented level of precision performance, this is a challenging engineering endeavor. We're looking for students of all backgrounds, although machine shop experience, digital circuit design, and VHDL programming are all desirable skills. Tasks include construction of a structural engineering model, flight software implementation using a microprocessor/FPGA architecture, testing and characterization of communications systems, developing star tracking algorithms, hardware development for attitude control systems, design of a deployable light baffle, and testing of space-based power systems.
Contact: Matthew William Smith, 37-346, m_smith@mit.edu

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