Research

Research Areas

  • Advanced Propulsion Systems

    RECUV develops small, efficient gas turbine based propulsion systems to enable high-speed UAS for advanced applications, including GoJett - the world’s first supersonic UAS.

  • Airspace Integration

    RECUV works with the FAA and NASA to help them characterize UAS operation and to develop new safety technology for the aviation sector.

  • Cooperative UAS Teams

    RECUV focuses on net-centric architectures and algorithms for autonomous control of multiple small unmanned aircraft.

  • Human Robot Interaction

    Adjustable autonomy enables unmanned systems to query human sensors and that maximize the joint abilities of all members of a human-robot team.

  • Mission-Derived Small UAS Design

    RECUV focuses on the design of new UAS for communication and sensing applications. Examples include the Tempest UAS for studying severe storms.

  • Mobile Ad-Hoc Communications

    RECUV deploys cognitive radios and delay-tolerant, ad-hoc protocols that allow unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to operate in stressed or fractured networks.

  • Perception Under Uncertainty

    RECUV develops probabilistic perception algorithms and estimation theory that enable long-term autonomous operation of mobile robotic systems in unknown environments.

  • Robotic Sensor-Networks

    This area combines work in unmanned systems, cooperative control, controlled mobility in ad hoc networks, and optimal distributed sensing to develop heterogeneous robot sensor networks.

  • Vehicle-Sensor Integration

    RECUV Payloads that have been integrated into UAS include a laser altimeter, synthetic aperture radar, wing-integrated antenna, atmospheric sensors, and phased array antenna.

The RECUV research program is supported by federal agency and industry support exceeding $1,500,000 per year. Funding agencies supporting RECUV research include the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).