Hudson student part of NASA presentationHudson native and University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering mechanics and astronautics student Tim Feyereisen and a team of his peers recently took their leaping lunar-vehicle design to a national aerospace competition.
Hudson native and University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering mechanics and astronautics student Tim Feyereisen and a team of his peers recently took their leaping lunar-vehicle design to a national aerospace competition. Feyereisen is a 2006 graduate of Hudson High School and the son of Barb and Martin Feyereisen.
This was UW-Madison’s first appearance in the RASC-AL competition (Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Competition–Academic Linkage), which challenges engineering students across the nation to create a design for a revolutionary aerospace idea.
Feyereisen’s group call themselves “Team LEVITATE” based on the acronym for their vehicle—Lunar Exploration Vehicle for Intra-planetary Transport and Terrestrial Expansion. Team member and recent graduate Kevin Hart came up with the name where many great ideas come from — the shower.
The team traveled to Cocoa Beach, Fla., in June to present its design in the National Institute of Aerospace-sponsored competition to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and other industry judges. Although the team didn’t win the competition, team members said it was a valuable experience.
The team designed the vehicle in Engineering Physics and Mechanical Engineering Adjunct Professor Frederick Elder’s EMA 569 course, which challenged students to design a vehicle capable of transporting 500 pounds of cargo through either water, atmosphere or space. The team researched and designed the rest of the details under Elder’s guidance.
Feyereisen and the team not only perfected their technical drawing abilities, but their presentation skills, too — something all engineers need.