Space-Based Solutions to Virginia’s Roadway Problems Real-Time Weather Data and Traffic Data Integration; Understanding Space Technologies through Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Yang, Victor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Goyne, Chris, EN-Mech/Aero Engr Dept, University of Virginia
Rogers, Hannah, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Seabrook, Bryn, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

Space engineering is the backbone of many communications systems around the world, and in recent years the potential to surpass its current form is being pushed by both the public and private sectors. From SpaceX’s Starlink to Virgin Galactic’s space tourism, it is evident that there exists a demand for advanced space systems beyond what has already been explored. My technical capstone is to develop a spacecraft solution for transportation problems presented by MITRE, in particular truck parking for the first semester and weather for the second. The capstone demonstrates the accessibility and capability of spacecraft solutions, paving the way for more reliance upon space systems to solve terrestrial problems. However, further expansion into space will bring about other complications, and the STS thesis dives into these potential concerns.

As humankind transitions into a spacefaring society, with space outposts or colonies, space industries such as mining and manufacturing, and expansive interplanetary trade, the intricacies of the macroscopic social order must be outlined to identify problematic relationships as a result of space technologies. This is achieved by considering human-cyber interfaces, advanced weapons, space mining, and energy-propulsion systems from the anime science fiction series Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans as they are discussed in parallel with real world equivalent technologies to encourage discourse around the social, political, and economic issues that surround these technologies. The STS frameworks of paradigm shift and political technology are used to identify how the technologies connect to the greater social systems.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Spacecraft, Political Technology, Paradigm Shift, Science Fiction, Cubesat

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Technical Advisor: Christopher Goyne
STS Advisors: Hannah Rogers and Bryn Seabrook
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, Allen Lang, Dorothea LeBeau, Dominic Pinnisi, Colin Purcell, Bailey Roe, Khamal-Karim 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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