Hypersonic ReEntry Deployable Glider Experiment (HEDGE); Implementing an Automated Strike Zone in Major League Baseball

Koeppen, Benjamin, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Norton, Peter, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Goyne, Chris, EN-Mech & Aero Engr Dept, University of Virginia

System success depends upon performance, cost efficacy, and social acceptance.

What is the optimal structural design of a CubeSat to function at hypersonic speed? The U.S. has fallen behind other nations in development of hypersonic weapons, which the Department of Defense has declared as a top priority. The Hypersonic ReEntry Deployable Glider Experiment (HEDGE) evaluates CubeSats as low-budget hypersonic test vehicles. The project team collaboratively pursued iterative design and analysis. The design of HEDGE remains incomplete. A successful hypersonic test by HEDGE would promote more accessible hypersonics.

In the U.S., how have social groups divided over the problem of how best to implement an automated ball-strike system (ABS) in Major League Baseball? Baseball insiders disagree about which value takes precedence: the accuracy of umpired calls or deference to the judgment of the human umpire. Fans, players, coaches, umpires, and the MLB Association disagree about whether and how to automate umpired calls.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Spacecraft Design, Hypersonic Flight, Automated Strike Zone, Automated Technology

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Technical Advisor: Chris Goyne

STS Advisor: Peter Norton

Technical Team Members: Ian McAninley, Arlee Christian, William Jones, Lobsang Dawa

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