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AFIT Alum Selected to Command the Final Scheduled Space Shuttle Mission
Posted: 09/29/2009 by AFIT Public Affairs
Veteran shuttle commander and retired Air Force Col. Steven W. Lindsey, who earned a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from AFIT in 1990, will command the eight-day mission, designated STS-133.
AFIT student assembles operational satellite in less than two hours
Posted: 07/16/2009 by AFIT Public Affairs
Capt. Lisa Baghal, a master’s student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Air Force Institute of Technology, is principle investigator for the rapid construction of an operational satellite. She is conducting this research as part of her thesis work.
2 ENY Students win Best Presentation Awards
Posted: 12/18/2008 by AFIT Public Affairs
Capt. Brett Cooper and Mr. William Karasz from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at AFIT’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management were recently selected for Best Presentation Awards at the 4th Annual Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium.
Dynamic In-flight Tracking and Measurement of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Posted: 11/05/2008 by AFIT Public Affairs
A revolutionary new lightweight aerospace structures testing and analysis capability was recently unveiled at AFIT. Dynamic In-flight Tracking and Measurement (DITM) technology will revolutionize studies of the behavior of lightweight aerospace structures.
AFIT student wins half-marathon in military category
Posted: 10/02/2008 by AFIT Public Affairs
Congratulations go to First Lt. Caitlin Thorn, a student in AFIT/ENY. Lt. Thorn won first place in the military category of the Air Force Half-Marathon.
Four AFIT students win Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium awards
Posted: 06/09/2008 by AFIT Public Affairs
Four Air Force Institute of Technology students received awards from the Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium at a banquet on 22 May.
AFIT student receives SECAF Leadership Award
Posted: 05/28/2008 by AFIT Public Affairs
Capt. Peter Mastro, currently an AFIT/ENY graduate student, was selected as the #1 student from all 2007 Squadron Officer School classes. Capt. Mastro was awarded the 2008 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award for this accomplishment.
AFIT student finalist in ASME paper competition
Posted: 04/25/2008 by AFIT Public Affairs
Amber McClung, a DAGSI PhD student AFIT/ENY, authored a paper that has been selected as a finalist in the 2008 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Pressure Vessel and Piping student paper competition.
AFIT Project Soars into Space
Posted: 03/17/2008 by AFIT Public Affairs
On March 11th, space shuttle Endeavor carried aloft an experiment designed, built, and tested by students at the Air Force Institute of Technology. The RIGEX project, which stands for Rigidizable Inflatable Get–Away–Special Experiment, is designed to test and collect data on inflatable and rigidizable structures in space.
AFIT SPASS Lab Achieves “(AF) Blue Glow”
Posted: 11/13/2007 by AFIT Public Affairs
The Air Force Institute of Technology's newest laboratory, the Space Propulsion Analysis and System Simulator (SPASS), has just reached a major milestone. The inside of the two meter diameter vacuum chamber is currently glowing a distinctive Air Force blue.
AFIT's COAL Laboratory Maximizes Flexibility and Performs Combustion Research
Posted: 09/12/2007 by AFIT Public Affairs
The AFIT Combustion Optimization and Analysis Laser Laboratory was designed to maximize flexibility and include as much capability in performing world class combustion research as possible. The laboratory includes gaseous as well as liquid fuel injection, large volume air delivery systems, and both conventional and advanced diagnostic equipment.
AFIT Students Conduct Payload Testing at Johnson Space Center
Posted: 07/10/2007 by AFIT Public Affairs
Air Force Institute of Technology students from the Graduate School of Engineering and Management's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics recently completed testing of their flight hardware experiment in preparation for an upcoming Shuttle mission, STS-123. Final testing is now underway at AFIT, with a planned delivery of the hardware to the Kennedy Space Center later on this year for a launch on the Shuttle in February 2008.
AFIT Professor Receives AFOSR Grant
Posted: 01/31/2007 by AFIT Public Affairs
Dr. Anthony N. Palazotto, Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Air Force Institute of Technology, has received a three-year research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research amounting to more than $300,000.
Successful Demonstration of Dynamic Soaring for Full Size Sailplanes
Posted: 09/13/2006 by AFIT Public Affairs
In an effort to advance the state-of-the-art in soaring for full size aircraft, AFIT, in collaboration with United States Air Force Test Pilot School (USAF TPS), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Dryden Flight Research Center (NASA DFRC), and the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Vehicles Technology Assessment and Simulation Branch (AFRL/VACD), launched an effort to demonstrate the energy benefits of dynamic soaring for manned sailplanes.
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