At University of Waterloo with Bjarni

Uwaterloo_seal

Attended some presentations today at University of Waterloo invited by fellow ITPS instructor and former Canadian astronaut Bjarni Trygvasson.

The first one was a side presentation on a magnetic levitation platform used as isolation mount in space systems looking for 6-DOF control. I had seen this platform back in September, witnessing the tremendous power of its magnets…

The second and main presentation dealt with the progress of a student capstone project designing an aerobatic airplane. All particular aircraft design challenges were tackled by the students, from fuselage design and anthropometrics, to airfoil selection and structural simulations. The airplane they are looking to design is very similar to a two-seat version of the Edge aircraft seen below.

edge

Beside the presentations I had the chance to meet some professors. In the end of the day, it seems that profs all over the world face exactly the same problems with students and projects…

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