Rovers and Manipulators
- Develop and operate
numerous land rovers
and robotic manipulators
to support research,
education and outreach.
Multi-Robot Systems Research
- Development of a new, innovative formation
control technique known as cluster space control.
- Developing and extending several advanced techniques for the
collaborative control of multi-robot systems. Establishing
several hardware-in-the-loop testbeds for experimental validation.
- Sponsors and collaborators include the National Science
Foundation, NASA, and several academic partners.
Design & Operations Research
- Development of composable, multi-physics modeling frameworks
and tools to support enhanced lifecycle design and rapid deployment
of a variety of land, sea, air and space missions.
- A networked mission development center will
support distributed design teams
- New model-based
algorithms are being
used to perform high
- Design, development
and operation of numerous
marine robots, to include
tethered ROVs, untethered
AUVs, and autonomous
Advanced Marine Technology
- Develop and field innovative component and subsystem technologies
to improve performance of marine systems.
- A novel, highly robust AUV thruster system
with improved hydrodynamic performance
and fault tolerance capable of sustaining long
duration operations under the polar ice caps
- Advanced control systems for teleoperated
manipulators and sampling systems.
World Class Science Missions
- A leader in conducting
marine science operations
along the U.S. West Coast,
the Arctic, and inland bodies
such as Lake Tahoe.
- World class partners and sponsors include NOAA, the National Marine
Sanctuary, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Monterey
Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and other academic institutions.
- Missions have included
geology, biology, chemistry,
and habitat studies.
- Develop a variety of
low-cost aerial vehicles
to include aircraft, blimps,
aerostats, and high altitude
balloons. Operating altitudes
of these platforms range
from 0 - 100,000+ feet.
- Platforms support numerous
civil and science missions
ranging from atmospheric
physics to remote sensing to
- Design, develop and deploy advanced payloads capable of producing
compelling data while deployed on low-cost university class platforms.
Advanced Control Systems
- Development of advanced control systems for aerial vehicles ranging
from autopilots to formation controller to autonomous target tracking.
- Demonstrations on several 84" wingspan UAVs have included autonomous
take-off and landing, waypoint-based navigation, and automated "follow-the-leader" formation flight.
- Aircraft are certified for test flight at NASAâ€™s Moffett Field and the
Navy's Webster Field.
Small Satellite Projects
- Develop a variety of
satellites, and team with
government and industry
partners to develop more
Distributed Avionics Technology
- A distributed command & data
handling system for modular,
rapid space system development
- In use for several university
missions: FASTRAC, ONYX,
Akoya, and ModSat
- Expertise in the development of sounding rockets, launch
adapters and carriers, and launch integration processing.
- A comprehensive mission
operations network supports
university-class satellites. The
network includes a centralized
mission control complex and
six geographically distributed
communication stations linked
via the internet.
- The network also supports
funded research for advanced
command and control technologies. Sponsors
and partners in this work include NSF, NASA, NOAA, and several industrial partners.