Aircraft Computational & Resource Aware Fault Tolerance (AirCRAFT) Lab


Keep airplanes safe, no matter what, while flying a mission


At the AirCRAFT lab, our goals are to leverage the advantages of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) - versatility, low cost, flexibility, minimal risk overhead and the tacit acceptance of a potential loss. This makes them the ideal platforms for experimental evaluation of cutting edge, high risk/high reward flight control algorithms, especially those addressing adverse flight conditions such as failures of sensors and actuators.

While the stated problem is succinct and the first part of is relatively obvious – Keep airplanes safe – the latter part of that statement - no matter what, while flying a mission - encompasses all the important research questions as the eventual safety of an aircraft is influenced by a large number of seemingly disparate factors. 

Our research philosophy has been to address aircraft safety from a holistic perspective, starting from a more expanded definition of aircraft safety to include the performance of various sensors and actuators on the aircraft, its structure, the pilot who is flying, to the performance capabilities of the aircraft itself.

News

Dr. Gururajan and Dr. Ferry (CS) were awarded the SLU President's Research Fund (PRF) to work on developing a VR/AR interface for UAS operations!

Dr. Gururajan and Dr. Ferry (CS) were awarded the SLU "Innovative Technology Grant" to work on developing a VR/AR interface for UAS operations!

The AUVSI Team is getting ready for an exciting season of flight tests as we prepare for the 2018 competition.