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We are a group at i3Detroit focused on developing aerospace vehicles and other mechanisms, including quad-rotor drones, model aircraft, and a couple of satellite projects originally from the DetroitSat SIG.

We also aim to release plans and code for our projects open source on GitHub.


i3Aerospace GitHub

Model Aeronautics, Drone News and other Resource Web Pages

Tools Used

  • CAD: We use FreeCAD for our design needs. It's a really cool open source tool for design work. The latest versions also have the ability to do meshing, FEA, CFD analyses, among others!
  • 3D Printers

Legacy Projects (DetroitSat)

DetroitSat Images

Cubesat1.PNGCoiled rig.jpegSpherical Air bearing.PNG

DetroitSat Projects

  • Cubesat Reaction wheel test unit with brushless motors
  • Cubesat Reaction wheel mockup with brushed motors
  • Three-Axis Helmholtz Coil, sized for 1U Cubesat
  • 3D Printed Spherical Air Bearing with 1U Cubesat Mount
  • Magnetorquer demo Cubesat

Legacy GitHub is at

Air bearing video:

Reaction Wheel on Air Bearing video:

Meeting Times

We meet informally each week in the E-Lab or the Common Area:

  • Wednesdays at 7pm
  • Sundays at 12pm

Our Official Meetings are the first Sunday of each month at 12pm!!!