Aerospace graduate students present papers at Guidance Control Conference

Tamu Gnc15webFive graduate students from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University attended the 37th Annual Conference on Guidance and Control in Breckenridge, Colorado in February. 

During the conference, the students gave two poster presentations and three paper presentations, as well as presenting a technology exhibit explaining their work at the Land, Air and Space Robotics (LASR) laboratory.

The posters presented were titled “Generalized Covariance Minimization Algorithm for the Continuous Extended Kalman Filter for Nonlinear Plants and Sensor Models,” by Kevin Hernandez and James D. Turner, and “State Transition Matrix Propagation for Perturbed Orbital Motion Using Modified Chebyhshev Picard Iteration,” by Julie Read, Dr. John L. Junkins and Ahmad Bani-Younes.

The papers presented were: “Hardware-in-the-Loop Validation of Sensing and Algorithms for Autonomous Decent and Landing,” by Austin Probe, Dylan Conway, Brent Macomber, Clark Moody and Junkins, “Optimal Continuous Thrust Maneuvers for Solving 3D Orbit Transfer Problems,” by Robyn Woollands, Ahmad Bani Younes, Brent Macomber, Xialoi Bai, and Junkins, and “Real-Time Mapping and Localization under Dynamic Lighting for Small-Body Landings,” by Dylan Conway and Junkins.

The technical exhibit was based on the papers by Probe and Conway. The exhibit included a video of past LASR work.

HOMER Joystick Control ClarkThe LASR Lab is a robotics facility operated by the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. The lab conducts research in robotic sensing and control with an aim to enhance the fields of proximity operations, human-robot interaction, stereo vision, swarm robotics, and autonomous aerial vehicles.  Project funding comes from AFRL, US government, NASA and The Boeing Company.