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Presentation of Research on Autonomous Control of Unmanned Aerial Systems in The Terminal Area
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Presentation of Research on Autonomous Control of Unmanned Aerial Systems in The Terminal Area

A team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) and funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) presented a summary of research performed by Ames researchers in Code TI and the Aviation Systems Divisions on October 7, 2015 at the Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton Ohio. Robert Morris of the Code TI Planning and Scheduling Group in the Autonomous Systems and Robotics technical area presented a summary of the Ames work, which consisted of applying recent advances in multi-agent path planning, probabilistic analysis, and autonomous vehicles to design a fully automated airport surface management system for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) ground operations. A simulation of the Grand Forks Air Force Base was developed for demonstrating the integrated capabilities. Planned future work consists of a technology demonstration of an integrated automated surface operations decision-support system based on Ames technology (joint work between TI and Aero) and autonomous towing capabilities in a real operational environment.

AMES TEAM: Waqar Malik (UARC) and Corina Pasareanu (CMU)

COLLABORATORS: Sven Koenig (USC), Matthew Johnson (Institute of Human and Machine Cognition), and Jerome Wei (NGC)

POC: Robert Morris, robert.a.morris@nasa.gov

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