Champaign-Urbana Aerospace develops an innovative range of aerospace technologies, including space propulsion systems, advanced aerospace materials, simulation tools and plasma technology. Learn what we have to offer.
CU Aerospace develops electric and solar propulsion technologies for satellites. CUA further offers propulsion services including mission planning, production, testing, integration, and post-delivery support.
The THERMOSYS 4 Toolbox for MATLAB/Simulink® is a suite of simulation tools for analyzing the behavior of air-conditioning and refrigeration systems (both steady-state and time-dependent).
VascTech (Vaporization of sacrificial components Technology) is a unique process developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to imbue composites with three-dimensional vasculature.
The BLAZE Multiphysics™ Simulation Suite is comprised of a number of inter-operable and highly scalable parallel finite-volume models for the analysis of complex physical systems.
The genetic algorithm is a computer simulation of such evolution where the user provides the environment (function) in which the population must evolve.
Beyond the space propulsion technologies, CUA is developing multiple additional hardware technologies to address evolving space systems needs.
Space systems for defense, commercial, and civilian applications are undergoing massive reconfiguration. CUA operates and in some instances licenses software for use in the aerospace industry.
Solids, liquids, gases, and plasmas. CUA is developing multiple plasma-based technologies to address emerging needs.
CU Aerospace is pursuing efficient high-energy laser technologies. Chemical oxygen-iodine lasers (COIL) and hybrid lasers (ElectricOIL and DPAL) are presently being emphasized but other types are envisaged.
Due to recent commuter aircraft accidents and the initiation of the NASA Aviation Safety Program, interest in the aircraft icing area is high. The FAA and DOD also are taking significant positions in developing aircraft icing safety technology.