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Development and implementation of guidance, navigation, and control systems for a variety of aerospace vehicles, as well as research on a broad range of topics focused on flight dynamics, are performed in the Flight Dynamics and Control Research Laboratory (FDCRL). 

Flight Dynamics and Control Research Laboratory

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Development and implementation of guidance, navigation, and control systems for a variety of aerospace vehicles, as well as research on a broad range of topics focused on flight dynamics, are performed in the Flight Dynamics and Control Research Laboratory (FDCRL).

Faculty and student researchers in the FDCRL are focusing much of their current research on intelligent, adaptive, and bio-inspired methodologies to improve aviation safety and increase the autonomy of unmanned robotic systems.

Several unmanned research platforms in the FDCRL are equipped with the necessary avionics units to provide powerful, portable, and flexible rapid prototyping capabilities to aid in the effective development, flight testing, and demonstration of GNC systems.

An autonomous-vehicle flight simulator is being developed in the FDCRL to enable development and simulation of vision-based guidance, navigation, and control algorithms in virtual environments.

Some exciting research topics currently being investigated in the FDCRL include:

  • Fault-Tolerant Flight Control Systems
  • Bio-Inspired Adaptive Control
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Sensor Fusion and Navigation
  • Space Exploration Robotic Systems
  • Guidance, Navigation, and Control of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems
  • GNC for small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Operating in Complex Urban Environments
  • UAV Sense and Avoid
  • Modeling and Simulation of Aerospace Systems
  • Vision-Based Navigation
  • Smart Materials for UAV Flight Control and Wing Morphing
  • Nonlinear System Identification and Aeroelasticity

The space supports undergraduate and graduate research projects throughout the College of Engineering.

Lab Information

Location: LB 231

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email DaytonaBeach@erau.edu.

Lab Directors: Hever Moncayo and Richard Prazenica

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