How to deflect an asteroid

MIT engineers devise a decision map to identify the best mission type to deflect an incoming asteroid.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering asteroids astronomy nasa research satellites school-of-engineering space astronomy-and-planetary-science



A new approach to making airplane parts, minus the massive infrastructure

Carbon nanotube film produces aerospace-grade composites with no need for huge ovens or autoclaves.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering carbon-nanotubes manufacturing materials-science-and-engineering research school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology


Technique helps robots find the front door

Navigation method may speed up autonomous last-mile delivery.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 4, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: research aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering school-of-engineering algorithms artifical-intelligence machine-learning autonomous-vehicles robots robotics software


System prevents speedy drones from crashing in unfamiliar areas

Drones can fly at high speeds to a destination while keeping safe “backup” plans if things go awry.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 25, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: research aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering school-of-engineering computer-science-and-technology algorithms autonomous-vehicles drones robots robotics computer-vision technology-and-society

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