Space and Aerial Robotics
Design, fabrication, testing, and analysis of space and aerial robotic platforms.
Issues Involved or Addressed
Our research group focuses on the design, fabrication, testing, and analysis of space and aerial robotic platforms taking the form of nanosatellites and unmanned aerial systems (drones). We have developed several generations of nanosatellites, ranging in size from a loaf of bread to the size of a golf ball. The reduced development time and launch cost of these small satellites, compared to conventional large satellites, have made them attractive for applications ranging from technology demonstrations to biological experiments to space weather research. We are also developing unmanned aerial systems using autonomous surveillance and image detection to aid in search-and-rescue (SAR) relief efforts. Drones provide the stability and maneuverability to survey specified areas, while improving both efficiency and cost of current SAR methods. To maximize efficiency, both nanosatellites and drones must be designed to be both lightweight and power efficient, while also being able to withstand harsh environmental conditions.
Methods and Technologies
Academic Majors of Interest
Preferred Interests and Preparation
Interest in nanosatellites, unmanned aerial systems, robotics, aerodynamics, wireless communications, power, embedded systems, software