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Advanced Control & Evolvable Systems Group Members Win AIAA SciTech '19 Modeling & Simulation Best Paper Award
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Advanced Control & Evolvable Systems Group Members Win AIAA SciTech '19 Modeling & Simulation Best Paper Award

Members of the Advanced Control & Evolvable Systems group won an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Best Paper Award at the SciTech 2019 Forum conference. Their paper, “A Modeling, Simulation and Control Framework for Small Unmanned Multicopter Platforms in Urban Environments”, won in the Modeling and Simulation category.

BACKGROUND: The market for small unmanned multicopter vehicle platforms has been growing rapidly, and as demand for using these vehicles grows, there is a pressing need for higher-fidelity simulation frameworks with accurate and validated dynamic models to ensure safe operation in complex environments, such as urban city-scapes, to support regulatory decision-making. This paper presents a modeling, control, and simulation framework to support autonomy research on small unmanned multicopters. This framework includes dynamics based on a forward-flight aircraft model derived from aerodynamic coefficients, an extensible mode-based flight management system, a flexible automatic flight control system, and an interactive environment model for urban environments. The system is built on the modular Reflection Architecture that facilitates development and testing of new research components for autonomous vehicle systems in both hardware and software. This paper gives an overview of the framework, derivation of models, flight hardware, and initial results.

TEAM: Sebastian Hening (SGT), Corey Ippolito, Kalmanje Krishnakumar, and Shankar Sankararaman (SGT)

POINT OF CONTACT: Alfredo Bencomo, alfredo.bencomo@nasa.gov

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