Lunar Lander Prototype
SERC faculty and students created an Earth based testbed to evaluate landing and flight techniques for the lunar surface. LEAPFROG (or Lunar Entry and Approach Platform For Research On Ground) uses an air breathing engine to simulate lunar descent and profile flight in 1G. This project incudes full system engineering design and development of multi-impulse, complex attitude control systems, and the build and test of the control system through real time operating system electronics to stabilize and inherently unstable vehicle. The first flight video is shown below.
Integration Flow of a Prototype Students are fully integrated and develop teams each semester
First Flight Video at Apollo Park RC Field