April 2, 2014 was the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association’s second annual Aeronautica. We showcased our projects and competitions from previous years, as well as current projects, including the Lighter than Air Competition, the Rocket-Deployed UAV, the Rocket Competition, and the Quadcopter.
Former YUAA presidents Stephen Hall (’14) and Jan Kolmas (’14) delivered a keynote address highlighting the organization’s past achievements and mission – to bring aerospace to Yale.
This year’s projects include the Lighter than Air Competition, which was specifically chosen with new, less experienced members in mind. They are designing a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) for their regional competition in April (where they will hopefully move on to the international competition).
One of our biggest projects this year is the Rocket-Deployed UAV. The goal of this project is to design a rocket that will deploy a UAV midair, which will send data to a ground station and land safely.
Another major project is the Rocket Competition, for which we will send a rocket to the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. The rocket will fly to 10,000 feet and carry a payload that will take scientific measurements.
Our final project this year is one that has been in the works since last year. The Quadcopter was designed to carry a high definition camera that will allow us to capture footage during flight.
After the keynote address, YUAA honored four people especially crucial to the development of YUAA over the past few years: Yale SEAS Senior Administrator Harley Pretty, CEID Design Mentor Larry Wilen, CEID Assistant Director Joe Zinter, and graduate student Joe Belter.