Inspired by the Apollo Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, SERC’s Lunar Entry and Approach Platform For Research On Ground (LEAPFORG) Generation-0 was a design-to-flight student hands-on project to build a robust, low-cost hovering platform to simulate lunar gravity. The vehicle demonstrated a prototype capable of multiple flights over the course of a single day with descent and landing sequences similar to those performed on the Moon. Generation-0 was a proof-of-concept for the design, build, integration, and flight of the platform. The vehicle demonstrated descent and landing profiles similar to those performed on the Moon. Generation-0 was the hands-on project for students who executed the full gamut of design, build, integrate and flight within a very integrated team environment.

Integration Flow of a Prototype
Integration Flow of a Prototype
Students are fully integrated and develop teams each semester
Students are fully integrated and develop teams each semester

First Flight Video at Apollo Park RC Field