What Do Students of the International Aerospace Summer School of MAI Study?

19 July 2019

This year, the International Aerospace Summer School of MAI is devoted to the study of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In the framework of the program, two majors were presented to the students: the creation of UAV using additive technologies, as well as drone design and control.

These two areas are relevant in the modern aviation industry, are actively developed and presented in MAI by the Drone School and 3D Printing School, scientific laboratories.

Specialists of these departments are teaching the students of MAI summer school. The Drone School of MAI is headed by Kirill Schukin, who, together with 4 specialists, will teach the students how to model and control a copter. The feature of this direction is that the invited teachers in Chinese will also give students knowledge. 

In the program of modeling drones emphasis is placed on the design. The students are given lectures on the basics of designing and programming drones. They must learn how to program the drone so that it can be controlled from the console when using 3D glasses, properly configure the camera. They should understand a whole system of relationships between different devices. At the end of the program, students will have to show a drone flight master class on a series of flight tests. The intensive course is designed so that the participants can move from the theoretical foundations, design and assembly of the drone to practice. Thus, in a week, students master almost the entire profession of the drone designer and pilot.

The teaching staff of additive technology’s major was formed with the support of the Head of the laboratory of the Research Department of the Institute of General Engineering Training, Deputy Head of the Department 904 “Engineering Graphics”, and the Head of the 3D Printing School of MAI Andrei Ripetskiy. The staff of his laboratory provides an educational module of additive technologies headed by engineer Veniamin Brykin, who developed the course for the summer school.

In the module of additive technologies, the students will get acquainted with basics of designing various constructions made of plastics and polymer composite materials. They learn how to print on a 3D printer, properly glue composite materials, and subsequently assemble a glider that will be launched into the air. The program also includes a course in economics, since when developing your own aircraft project, you need to take into account financial indicators, otherwise the project will never be implemented. Therefore, the students in parallel with the additive technology listen the courses on requirements management, product life cycle management and cost management.

But the students came not only for engineering knowledge, they wanted to discover Russia and learn more about our country. For this purpose, the course on Russian culture, history and language, as well as excursion tours in Moscow were included in the summer school program.

After successfully completion of the International Aerospace Summer School of Moscow Aviation Institute, students will receive certificates that will be an excellent addition to their CV in the world of aerospace professionals.

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