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Student Projects

In their senior year, the students are required to conduct a broad-scale, multidisciplinary design project. The two-semester projects, performed in teams of up to 12-15 students, are supervised by experienced engineers from the industry and faculty members. Below is a sample of such projects from the recent years.

2016
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Thrust-X Aerobatic Airplane

The following project is about the characterization and design of an aerobatic aircraft meant to participate in aerobatic displays.

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AidBird Medical Supply UAV

The medical supply UAV project arose following a request from Dr. Din Nachman, a Medical Officer, with the purpose of finding a solution for delivering a large amount of medical equipment for military units with casualties, without endangering air crew members and in minimum time.

2015
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Student Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) international competition

Technion Students placed second in the prestigious Student Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) international Competition.

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Space Autonomous Mission for Swarming and Geolocation with Nanosatellites (SAMSON)

Space Autonomous Mission for Swarming and Geolocation with Nanosatellites (SAMSON) is a new satellite mission, led by the Technion and supported by IAI, RAFAEL, Elbit Systems, SPACECIALIST and other partners. SAMSON will include three nano-satellites, built based on the CubeSat standard.

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Logistical Support UAV

The logistical support UAV is a project created to fill holes in the military supply chain. The projects goal was to experiment and participate in a feasibility study and conceptual and preliminary design of an existing problem.

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Eagle’s Wings – Air Launch Platform for Micro-satellites

Eagle’s Wings is a Micro-Satellites Air launch vehicle designed by a team of students in the Technion. The project’s goal is creating a system that enables launching and orbit insertion for micro-satellite using an airborne aircraft.

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ATLAS – Advanced Turbine Lifting AirShip

In the past few years, an increase in production of electricity from renewable energy sources has been observed. One of the known efficient ways to generate such energy is by use of wind turbines.

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ARJ-100 Project

This project deals with the conversion of a “Large Cabin” business jet into a regional airliner. The platform chosen for the conversion is the ABJ-100 business jet, which was also developed in a student’s project, in the faculty of aeronautical engineering at the Technion (during 2013/14). The new aircraft was dubbed ARJ-100 (Advanced Regional Jet).

2014
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Vectoring Nozzle and Afterburner

The objective of the Afterburner and Vectoring Nozzle project was to experience the process of designing, building and proofing of both products.

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U.E.S.A

U.E.S.A is a utility ESTOL (Extremely Short Take-off & Landing) aircraft designed by a team of students in the Technion. This project is an attempt to take advantage of the USB (Upper Surface Blowing) effect which was studied by NASA in the late 60’s and data regarding the increase in lift (up to CL=8) for 4 turbo-prop engine configurations which is available in those reports. The goal was to reduce the required takeoff and landing range by increasing the maximal lift. Other challenges introduced in this project were the requirements for an environmentally friendly aircraft which uses electrical energy and has a low sound signature.

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The Grey Owl System

The Grey Owl autonomous flying system, designed by a team of undergraduate students, that will compete in the annual AUVSI competition in the US.

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SAMSON– SAtellite Mission for Swarming and GeOlocatioN

SAMSON is an ongoing student project led by the Technion and supported by RAFAEL, IAI and other partners. SAMSON shall include three nano-satellites (based on the CubeSat standard) and will be worldwide first cluster flight mission of satellites.

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FLORA - Agricultural Cargo Plane

Flora is a Cargo Plane and its main mission is to transfer Agricultural Cargo as fast as possible while taking into consideration shipping costs and trying to maintain minimum cost at maximum speed. To stand with the requirements of the project, we received some “Initial Conditions” and limitations from the moderator.

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Advanced Business Jet

Advanced Business Jet Project is a project that is meant mainly to experience a thorough air vehicle design, from the conceptual design phase to the advanced and detailed design phase.

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AUVSI - Won the 5th place (of 48) in the AUVSI competition for developing an autonomous UAV system

A joint team of students from the Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science departments under the guidance of Mr. Dror Artzi has developed an airborne system that carries out reconnaissance mission, targets acquisition, communication and dropping payloads on ground target, all completely autonomously. The system participated in the Annual Students Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) Competition that took place in Webster Field USA on June 2014. The competition was organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

2013
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SAMSON 2012-2013 Student Project

SAMSON– Space Autonomous Mission for Swarming and Geolocation with Nanosatellites is a satellite mission led by the Technion, supported by the Israeli space industries and integrated with student teams.

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Portable Small UAV

The project’s objective is to design an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) following the next requirements.

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Ghost Glider - Long Range Autonomous Airdrop System

The Ghost Glider is a UAV designed to deliver a supply crate of up to 1 ton over a gliding distance of 75[km] and a drop altitude of 7[km].

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Firefighting Airship

The “FIFA” system (Fire – Fighting Airship) is a remote controlled heavy lift airship which is designed to help fight forest wildfire. The “FIFA” system can operate 24 hours a day and can carry 20 tons of water and fire retardant.

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Electric aircraft: D2R –Dreams to Reality

Today the flight industry contributes 2% of the world’s carbon emissions. Till 2050 it is expected to get up to 3%. This paper presents the solution for the problem – the design of a 50 passengers electrical motorized aircraft – D2R. Creating a new innovative, multi discipline and feasible design

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Design of a High Temperature Turbine Rotor Air Cooling

This project deals with an educational scheme concerning design of the cooling method of a turbojet engine turbine rotor of.

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DBF 2013

DBF (Design Build and Fly) is an annual competition, held in the US and conducted by AIAA. Every year, a new set of rules is published, trying to simulate real life scenarios that future aeronautical engineers will deal with in their career.

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Birdinator- A Mechanical Bird

The “Birdinator” project’s main goal was to understand the mechanics of a bird’s flight in nature in order to later design and build an artificial bird, resembling a real bird as much as

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AKKA – HALE UAV

AKKA is a surveillance system that consists of a HALE UAV. The UAV becomes airborne by a large cargo plane, which delivers it to its target area. Upon arrival, the UAV deploys its wings and ascends to the desired height  and conducts an 80 hour surveillance mission

2012
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VAMOSS project (Volcanic Ash Monitoring Satellite System)

The VAMOSS project (Volcanic Ash Monitoring Satellite System) was designed to give scientists and policy-makers information about the movement of volcanic ash clouds during volcanic eruptions. The ash clouds during the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull in April 2010 closed airspace in over twenty countries in Northern Europe. The economic damage was estimated at 5 billion US dollars. Volcanic eruptions on a similar scale occur every few years at various locations around the world. The VAMOSS system provides worldwide coverage of volcanic ash cloud progression, using three LEO satellites. During a crisis, governments and airlines can receive updated and reliable information, enabling more exact assessments regarding the level of danger to aircraft in particular areas. Determination of dangerous or forbidden flight zones can be carried out in real time, changing with the progression of the event. Rapid determination of dangerous flight zones can significantly reduce estimated economic damage. The total estimated cost for the project, including launching all three satellites into orbit, is $600 million (US). The mission duration is five years.

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TeachAir UAV
As part of the undergraduate studies the students in the faculty of aerospace engineering are required to participate in a yearlong design project of an aerospace system. In our project we were required to design an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for instruction in flight tests and demonstration of flight test techniques. The tests will be based on the subjects studied in aerospace engineering such as stability and control, instruments, performance and propulsion.
We started off by reviewing all the main configuration aspects of UAV design and we made a list of a lot of possibilities for each aspect. We narrowed this list to 3 main configurations of UAVs that we thought were the best fitted for the design specification, using methods of conceptual design we evaluated the 3 configurations, and we found the configuration most suited for this project. We made a comprehensive survey of similar UAV in order to estimate the weight of the TeachAir UAV. We used design specification in order to define the main characteristic of the TeachAir UAV.
As part of the design process we placed high emphasis on aerodynamic issues including optimization of the airfoil, wing geometry, flaps, tail and ailerons and the drag coefficient was calculated. Another topic that we constricted on was propulsion and flight performance, this included finding the required power needed to meet design specifications and the engine and prop that can deliver them. After producing the propulsion system the flight characteristics and flight envelop were found. Using the characteristics we found we chose off the self components in order to comply with the design specification and planned the internal arrangement in order for our platform to be stable in all flight scenarios.
We then gave our attention to the design of the control system, performing stress analysis on critical parts and building a smaller scale model. During the design of the control system all of the control and stability were calculated, in addition, a simulation of six DOF was made and two controllers of pitch angle, and angle of attack due to elevator deflection were designed. Furthermore a thorough stress analysis of the forces and moments in the wing and in the main landing gear was made. Following the analysis the geometry and material of the wing beam and the landing gear were determined.
Besides theoretical work we also designed and built a small scale model which has the same aerodynamic properties as the TeachAir UAV. The process includes designing a CAD model and executing it in the faculty’s laboratory.
During this project we experienced the design process of a UAV aircraft including preliminary and specific sub system design, the entire process taught us a lot about the design aspects of aircraft and the considerations that need to be made during this process.
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DBF 2012 SpitWater
“DBF – Design Build and Fly” is an annual competition held by the AIAA and Cessna in the US. Each year different missions are specifiedת trying to simulate real-life aeronautic challenges with limiting rules. This year’s competition simulated a passenger aircraft carrying passengers or used for cargo.
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Caesar Project

The CAESAR project began in 2010 as a senior student satellite project. The first team of students designed a 48 satellites constellation with the goal of locating individuals in distress in oceanic surroundings around the world. Following the success of CAESAR 2010-2011, the Technion decided to launch a three satellite demonstration mission lead by the Distributed Space System Lab (DSSL) and supported by IAI, RAFAEL and other partners. The mission is planned to launch in 2015 with the CAESAR team as an ongoing contributor to the various tasks of the mission.

2011
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HYbrid Piston Electrical Rotorcraft

Ducted fan vehicles can hover but also perform inflected cruise at high speeds. The preliminary design has to begin from the basic physics in order to get an optimized vehicle design, for a given requirement.

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GolfiTech - DBF Project Summary

DBF (Design Build and Fly) is an annual competition, held in the US and conducted by AIAA. Every year, a new set of rules is published, trying to simulate real life scenarios that future aeronautical engineers will deal with in their career.

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Dream-Catcher (Debris Removal with E.M. tether-propelled Automated Module)

A growing swarm of ~15,000 pieces of large debris in are being tracked by NORAD radars. Such a cloud of debris would prevent any future launching of new spacecraft

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CAESAR Project Summary

Project objectives: To design a cost-effective system capable of autonomously locating people in distress in oceanic surroundings and relaying their distress signal and location immediately to rescue forces.

2010
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SABRES Project: Constellation of Microsatellites for Communication Services

One of the main fields in the satellite business is Little LEO Messaging Services. A possible use for such systems is automated meter reading – collection and distribution of small portions of data from various sources over large areas

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Mechanical Swimmer Project

Our goal was to design a mechanical fish that is capable of swimming at 5 body lengths per second. Not many aquatic animals have been adapted to reach this speed

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Marom - High Altitude Platform for Wind Power Generator

Both world aspiration for an ecological, clean environment and a constant rise in fuel prices increase the demand for “green renewable” energy. Wind energy is one of the biggest sources of it.

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Flying Susita: A Flying Car for Civilian Use

“Flying Susita” is a Flying vehicle planned to carry 4 passengers in it. It reaches cruising speed of 215 km/h, maximum speed of 253 km/h and travel speed of 160 km/h, when in single gas refueling it travels 400 kilometers/flies 600 km.

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BATMOBILE Design, Build, Fly Contest 2009-2010

BATMOBILE is a project Designed Built and Flown within the framework of the Technion Aerospace Engineering Faculty design project. The project is subjected to limitations dictated by the AIAA/Cessna/RMS Student Design/Build/Fly Competition.

2009
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Tetra-Ptera: A flapping winged MAV

Tetra-Ptera is a flapping winged MAV designated to fly in low speeds and indoor areas, and is capable of carrying a camera as a payload.

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Student Design Project - TechAway Design/Build/Fly Contest

           Tech-Away, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology’s entry in the 2008-2009 AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition, in Tucson, Az. The goal of the design was to maximize the competition score, which is a combination of the report score and total flight score.

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Selected Topics in Designing a Small Jet Engine

A jet engine has been designed based on a list of requirements from the client.
The main if which were: the limitation on the exterior diameter that shall not exceed 210 mm, a minimal thrust of 845 N and a maximum specific fuel consumption
of 0.12236 kg/(N×hr).

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Lunar Space Elevator - Jacobs Ladder

Our mission was to design a space elevator, including all of its subsystembs.

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IRENA - Israel Regional Navigation Satellite System

IRENA is a concept of regional navigation system based on a formation of a mother satellite and four small daughter satellites in GEO.

2008
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The HAMSTER Project

The heliosinchronous autonomus microsatellite Terra-SAR escorting and recording
(HAMSTER) project is a very small satellite, composed of off the shelf parts only and weighs only 75 kg, the estimated cost including the launch is 4.1 M$.

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HYbrid Piston Electrical Rotorcraft
Ducted fan vehicles can hover but also perform inflected cruise at high speeds. The preliminary design has to begin from the basic physics in order to get an optimized vehicle design, for a given requirement.
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Aerodynamic Design of a Wingsuit

“…the sky is surely open to us… Minos rules everything, but he does not rule the heavens…”

2006
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SunSailor: Solar Powered UAV

The projects aim was to design, build, and test and fly a solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the final goal of breaking the world record for flight distance under certain limitations.

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Stringray - UAV for Design Build Fly Competition

The competition took place on April 21st 2006, at Cessna Aircraft Co. in Wichita, KS, USA. The team was required to design and build an aircraft in about six months taking into account the limitations laid down by the DBF competition management.

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IKARUS - Aerospace Glider

IKARUS – is a reusable manned aerospace vehicle for civilian and tourism use. It is designed to reach space limit altitude, and cover a significant ground distance within less than an hour.

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DUSAT: Twin Microsatellites for Simultaneous 3D Imaging of Earth

Stereoscopy in space is the spatial 3-D or “stereo” observation of related 2-D images, showing the same object under different viewing angles.

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ClockSat - Nanosatellite for Space Qualification

ClockSat is a nano-satellite designed to perform in orbit tests and checks, thus granting the atomic clock space qualifications.

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Canister Launched Observation UAV

The goal of the project was to design a canister launched UAV with high payload to MTOW ratio and with long endurance. Its unique set of properties places it in the global market.

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C-CAT Compressor - Cold Air Turbine Performance Analysis System

Today one of the most interesting and constantly developing fields of turbo-machinery is micro-jets. In spite of the micro size industrial projects usually last years and require a large team of experienced engineers.

2005
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SAMSON - Wing-in-Ground-Effect Transport Aircraft

Samson, named after the biblical hero, is a heavy transport wing-in-ground-effect aircraft designed by a team of students

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Nanosatellite for Lunar Gravity Mapping by Intersatellites Laser Measurements

The scientific objective of the student project LUNGRA (LUNar GRAvity) is the precise mapping of the lunar gravity field, based on satellite-to-satellite tracking. In view of the renewed interest in lunar missions there is a great interest in mapping the lunar gravity field and understanding its mass anomalies.

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Chameleon: The In-Flight Simulator UAV

The objective of the team was to design and build a small uninhabited aerial vehicle (UAV) to be used as an In-Flight Simulator (IFS).

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Albatross: Flying Wing Small UAV

The team participated in the Design-Build-Fly (DBF) competition, organized by AIAA which took place at Webster Field, St.

2004
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Augmentation of an Imaging Constellation with the Hyperspectral Microsatellite OKEV

The object of this project is to design a micro-satellite using hyperspectral wide field imaging for exploring marine and coastal environments.

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