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Payload Directed Flight For Near Real-Time Decision Support Assessing Spatio-Temporal Scale- Dependencies for Earth Science

September 21, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Han-Hsun Lu
Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University

Graduate Student


Small unmanned aircraft systems research is increasingly focused on the broad task of payload directed flight. Specific applications are varied due to the flexibility offered by small unmanned aircraft systems, but one application of particular interest is real-time decision support in flight operations purposed with collection of Earth science data. The Texas A&M Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory is a leader in the field of applied small unmanned aircraft systems research. This presentation summarizes the current, in development, and planned future capabilities of the Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory with respect to payload directed flight in support of Earth science data collection. Previous experience in this area is described to illustrate motivating factors driving current work. Ongoing work is detailed with a focus on flight hardware and software integration, and results from ongoing flight test are presented.


Mr. Han‐Hsun Lu is a Ph.D. student under Dr. John Valasek, in the Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory in the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his MS degree in Engineering Science from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, working on flexible space vehicle structural control. He has experience in both air and space vehicles and worked on projects related to space vehicle analysis, precision agriculture, train track assessment, and remote sensing. Currently, his research interests focus on real-­time applications using Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV). Applications include real-­time vehicle modeling, online flight control design, and real-­time human-­on-­the-­loop decision making assistance. He is also interested in sensor integration, flight data analysis, and data collecJon techniques that are related to payload directed UAV flight.


Dr. Michael Bishop: michael.bishop@tamu.edu


September 21, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Eller O&M Bldg. Rm 807