A Space-Based Solution to Improve Roadway Safety and Efficiency in Virginia: Real-time Winter Weather Data for Navigation; Free Parking or Livable Cities? An Urban Planning Controversy

Lang, Allen, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Goyne, Chris, EN-Mech/Aero Engr Dept, University of Virginia
Norton, Peter, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

How can American surface transportation systems be improved in terms of efficiency and sustainability?

How can drivers be informed during commutes of weather information necessary for safe and efficient driving? Adverse weather such as precipitation makes roads hazardous, worsening congestion on Virginia’s already congested roads. State-of-the-art systems cannot effectively deliver real-time weather data to drivers. The capstone design group developed a conceptual design for a Cube Sat spacecraft with road imaging capabilities and an effective data stream that delivers said information to motorists, first responders, and roadway managers. Future groups will use this plan to construct and launch said spacecraft into orbit.

In the U.S., how are critics of local zoning ordinances that subsidize driving advancing their agendas? To their critics, such laws are wasteful, promote urban sprawl, and perpetuate car dependency. They favor granting local officials the discretion they need to pursue livability, sustainability, and social equity. Ranging from pedestrians to small town developers, they contend financial instability comes from prioritizing cars over humans. Favoring bottoms-up reform, these groups seek to teach Americans the merits of people-centric urban planning.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
urban planning, free parking requirements, space-based weather data, remote sensing, improving roadway congestion

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Technical Advisor: Christopher Goyne
STS Advisor: Peter Norton
Technical Team Members: Arianna Asquini, Isaac Burkhalter, Xavier Castillo-Vieria, Mici Cummings, Andrew Curtin, Andrianna Daniels, Ian Davis, Luke Dennis, Cooper Dzema, Kyle Ebanks, Shane Eilers, Graham Fitzgerald, Kevin Fletcher, Rikia Freeman, Raeann Giannattasio, Brandon Ghany, Jalen Granville, Alex Griffin, Dorothea LeBeau, Dominic Pinnisi, Colin Purcell, Bailey Roe, KhamalKarim Saunders, Anisha Sharma, Jimmy Smith, Pranav Sridhar, Elias Topp, Nana-Ayana Tyree, Anish Vegesna, Ethan Vicario, Avery Walker, Ian Wnorowski, Victor Yang

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