Digital Theremin; The Future of Space Travel

Greene, Landon, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Powell, Harry, EN-Elec/Computer Engr Dept, University of Virginia
Gorman, Michael, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

My thesis deals with the future of space travel through the lens of normalized deviance. It first examines the Challenger disaster, one of the worst space failures in history, before turning its gaze towards SpaceX and NASA’s plans for the future and analyzes how we can learn from our past mistakes to eliminate the presence of normalized deviance in the industry.
My technical thesis, or Capstone project, does not relate to or overlap with my thesis at all. My group decided to design and create a Theremin from scratch, one of the first electronic instruments. However, we put a slight spin on the original instrument by electing to produce the sound digitally using an analog to digital converter (ADC) and a digital to analog converter (DAC), as opposed to using electromagnetic fields to generate tones.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Theremin, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Space, Space Travel, Digital Music

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Technical Advisor: Harry Powell

STS Advisor: Michael Gorman

Technical Team Members: Landon Greene, Michael Bliss, Elmo Alexander

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