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Aerospace Engineering Student Aims to Improve Tracking of Space Debris with NASA Award

September 20, 2022
Just one small piece of space debris can damage or disable a satellite. Much of this debris, also known as space junk, is catalogued through space-based space surveillance, which uses optical sensors to track objects in orbit that could pose a risk for collision. However, some objects can be too small to track. UCF aerospace […]

2 UCF Latinas get global recognition for their work in STEM fields

September 16, 2022
Perla Latorre-Suárez fights back tears as she thinks about the sacrifices her parents made, sending her to the mainland from Puerto Rico so she could live her dreams of working in the aerospace industry. “You know they’ve given it all for me and my brother — I’m sorry,” Latorre-Suárez said as she wiped her eyes. […]

International Research Program Gives Students a Cultural Experience

September 14, 2022
If you want to gain an international perspective on your career field, you can immerse yourself in a study abroad program. But if you want to broaden your perspective and work on research with leading industry scientists, you can participate in an international research experience instead. The International Research Experience for Students, sponsored by the […]

Millions in Grant Money Headed to UCF for Space Research

July 20, 2022
An army of Knights is among the researchers charging their way into final frontier with innovative projects shaping the future of space travel. Perhaps it’s unsurprising due to the University of Central Florida’s history tied to the American space program. As the need for more aerospace engineers rose, the “space university” opened its doors to […]

Aerodynamics of Perching Birds Could Inform Aircraft Design

May 17, 2022
If you have ever watched a bird land on a tree branch, you may have noticed that it rapidly pitches its wings upward at a high angle to execute a smooth landing. However, for some birds, they land by folding their wings as they perch instead, creating a sweeping motion as they decelerate. To uncover […]