Monthly Archives: November 2014


Colloquium – Dr. Behçet Açıkmeşe

Behçet Açıkmeşe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2002 from Purdue University. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University before joining NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 2003. He was a senior technologist at JPL and a lecturer in GALCIT at Caltech. At JPL, Dr. Açıkmeşe developed GN&C algorithms for planetary landing, formation flying spacecraft, and asteroid and comet sample return missions. He was the developer of the “flyaway” GN&C algorithms in Mars Science Laboratory, which successfully landed on Mars in August 2012. On Monday November 17, 2014 Dr. Açıkmeşe gave a presentation on Real-Time Convex Optimization for Control of Autonomous Spacecraft. See slides from the presentation here. Many future space missions will require dramatic increases in our existing Autonomous GN&C (Guidance, Navigation and Control) capabilities. These include robotic sample return missions to planets, comets, and asteroids, formation flying spacecraft ap- plication's, and applications utilizing swarms of autonomous spacecraft. The main GN&C challenge for many autonomous systems is to achieve the performance goals safely with minimal resource use in the presence of mission constraints and uncertainties. A key difficulty in meeting this challenge is the ability to solve these complex GN&C decision making problems autonomously onboard. Our research has provided new analytical results that enabled the formulation of many autonomous GN&C problems in a convex optimization framework. This presentation introduces an important real-world example, planetary pinpoint landing, where this approach produced dramatically improved performance over the heritage technology. We developed a novel “lossless convexification” method of solution, which will enable the next generation planetary missions, such as Mars [...]

By |November 25th, 2014|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

ERAU joins with Powering Imagination to build fully electric manned aircraft

Take a look at this new promotional video showcasing our new Quiet Electric Flight R&D program.   We have flown the World’s first direct drive gas/electric hybrid airplane and we are working on a turbine electric hybrid next.   In parallel, ERAU students are designing and building a manned full electric battery powered aircraft to demonstrate efficiency and quiet flight.  We have partnered with Erik Lindbergh and Powering Imagination in this crowd sourced R&D project.   We have many of the major components including the electric motor, the propeller and a commitment from Lockheed Martin’s Skunkworks for the donation of an HK-36 airframe.   While the big parts of the project are accounted for, we are in the 90% there and 90% to go position.   There is much more to be done.   Since this involves everyone: join our team and get on board as ERAU students and you design a quiet electric flyer. If you would like to make a donation to the project you may do so here or for more information you may contact: Lyndse F. Costabile Director of Development Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 600 S Clyde Morris Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32114 C: 904-860-1886 O: 386-226-7205

By |November 7th, 2014|Categories: Blog|0 Comments