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Students Place Second at 2024 AIAA Regional Student Conference

May 17, 2024
Shooting for the stars paid off for two members of UCF’s AIAA chapter, who took home silver for their research last month at the AIAA regional conference. The Region II Student Conference, which took place at the Kennedy Space Center on April 4 and 5, represented AIAA chapters from ten states and territories in the […]

UCF Researcher Is Developing Algorithms to Further Space, Sea Exploration

May 16, 2024
Cislunar space, which stretches from the Earth to just beyond the moon’s orbit, is about to become heavily trafficked over the next 10 years. With NASA’s planned Artemis missions and other countries joining in the cislunar space race, there’s an interest in observing, tracking and predicting the orbit of objects like asteroids and satellites so […]

New Department of Defense Funding Is Propelling UCF Hypersonic Technology

May 6, 2024
Substantial new funding from the U.S. Department of Defense is helping further establish the University of Central Florida as a leader in hypersonics and space propulsion research not only in the nation, but in the world. Hypersonic propulsion would allow for air travel at speeds of Mach 6 to 17, or more than 4,600 to […]

Engineering Fate: Robotics Team Competition Inspires College Journey

May 3, 2024
When Dianna Choque stepped on to the UCF campus for the first time, she knew this was the university she wanted to attend. The regional competitions of her high school For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics team brought her to the main campus annually – and eventually led her to the […]

Flying High: Passion for Aviation and Space Leads to Degree in Aerospace Engineering

May 2, 2024
Jonathan Gitzendanner developed his passion for aviation at an early age. In second grade, his Cub Scout pack had the chance to sleep aboard the USS Yorktown, a naval aircraft carrier in South Carolina. Just two years later, he discovered the field of aerospace engineering – a field he’s about to start a career in. […]