Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering ATMOSPHERIC AND TRANSATMOSPHERIC FLIGHT RESEARCH GROUP

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For every being there exists a unique passion.
Lucky are those who find it;
Fortunate are those who pursue it;
Blessed are those who delight in it.
Welcome to our research page. Led by Associate Professor Jason Etele, our group has two main branches involving flight in or through the atmosphere.

We have developed a unique design methodology for creating geometries suitable for use in Rocket Based Combined Cycle (RBCC) engines. This geometry, called the exchange inlet (shown in the figure on the right), is currently undergoing experimental testing for implementation on next generation space launch vehicles.

Along side this research our group has also developed an in-house quad-rotor design (also shown on the right). This is being used to validate innovative autopilot designs for use in the turbulence generated within urban environments. This vehicle is also being used in studies involving the automation and co-ordination of flocks of flying vehicles for purposes such as search and rescue, territory surveillance, etc.

Please feel free to click on the pictures or the links on the left to explore our research in greater detail.



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