Author Archives: Andrew Dianetti

Yuri’s Night 2015

UB-SEDS is pleased to announce Yuri’s Night Buffalo 2015, which will take place on Saturday, April 11, at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery.  Yuri’s Night is the “world’s space party” – a night in which we celebrate our accomplishments in spaceflight, and look forward to those of the future.

The evening will feature a talk by Bill Suitor, a former Bell Aerosystems Rocketbelt Test Pilot.  Mr. Suitor was the most experienced pilot of the Rocketbelt.  He flew and tested numerous versions of rocket flying machines, including the Flying Seat and Apollo Lunar POGO, a device intended to carry astronauts off the moon should the lunar module ascent engine fail.  Some of his most famous flights include the Opening Ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and as Sean Connery’s stunt double in the James Bond movie 007 Thunderball.

Tickets for this event are only $20 and can be purchased at the SBI Ticket Office in the UB Student Union, or online.  Tickets include a buffet dinner with entrees of steak, chicken, and six cheese bowtie pasta.

Rocketry Launch – April 2014



On Sunday, April 28, 2014, many UB-SEDS members achieved certifications with the Tripoli Rocketry Association at the URRG launch in Potter, NY.  18 UB-SEDS members were in attendance.  7 members achieved their L1 certification and 2 received their L2 certification.  Club members also launched several other rockets, including a spectacular flight of Sab’s rocket “Claudia” to finish off the day.

Congratulations to the following members who received their certifications:

Level 1:
Tristan Stoner
Mack Goodstein
Eric Borchert
Avery Bodenstein
Razmik Khachatryan
Andrew Tennenbaum
Livio Forte

Level 2:
Catie Bonga
Kristina Monakhova



Competition Rocketry

UB-SEDS is involved in the University Student Rocketry Challenge (USRC), a rocketry competition sponsored by SEDS-USA to design, build, and launch a multi-stage high power rocket to the highest altitude. Points are awarded for the altitude reached and the number of stages. More information about the competition can be found at

Additionally, this year we intend to compete in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competitions (IREC), which is a more experimental competition that allows multistage rockets with any chemical propulsion types. In 2017, the IREC will be held at the Spaceport America Cup. To learn more, check out

To get involved in Competition Rocketry, contact Peter Wilkins at

High-Power Rocketry Certification

In addition to the competition, UB-SEDS members have the chance to earn High Power Rocketry Certification from the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). In the past year, we’ve had 8 members earn their level 1 certification and 3 earn their level 2 certification. To get involved in High-Power Rocketry, contact Peter Wilkins at


Low-Power Rocketry

Low-Power Rocketry the project group for members who are interested in building their own rocketry but are looking for a lite version of High-Power Rocketry. To get involved with Low-Power Rocketry, contact Andy Perez at

Who can join?

While the rocketry competition team is primarily aerospace, mechanical, and electrical engineers, we welcome individuals from all disciplines to help out. Rocketry team members have the chance to learn technical CAD skills, help with the rocket design in the OpenRocket software package, and have a hands-on experience building and integrating the competition rocket or their own rockets.

Andrew Dianetti at NASA Academy

For 10 weeks during the summer of 2012, former UB-SEDS president and current Nanosat Program Manager Andrew Dianetti participated in the NASA Aeronautics Academy at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.

During the academy, Andrew worked with a team of two other students to characterize emerging nickel-based superalloys for use in jet turbine engines. The team focused on studying the failure of ME3, an advanced, high-strength superalloy designed to increase fuel efficiency in turbine engines. Andrew was responsible for characterizing the effect of load cycling on the relaxation of residual stresses in the alloy.

The following video from NASA summarizes this effort:

Additionally, the team of 9 Aeronautics Academy members also developed a proposal for an autonomous aerial vehicle to fly on Saturn’s moon Titan. This mission, the Propelled Instrumentation System for Titan Observational Learning, or PISTOL, would characterize the surface and atmospheric conditions of Titan from an aircraft. By carrying liquid oxygen as an oxidizer, an engine was designed that combusts the hydrocarbons in Titan’s atmosphere for power. Andrew was one of two people that designed the engine.

andrew academy

UB Nanosat featured in local media

The UB Nanosat mission was recently featured in an article in the Buffalo News, as well as on the local newscasts of WGRZ (Channel 2), WIVB (Channel 4) and YNN Buffalo. Check out the following stories and segments!

UB students’ satellite to hitch ride with NASA – The Buffalo News, 3/25/13
Feather In Their Cap – WGRZ, 3/25/13
UB Students’ Project to go into Orbit – WIVB, 3/25/13
UB Students to Launch with NASA – YNN, 3/25/13