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Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems (UASE)

Courses

UASE 501  Introduction to Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Design  3 Credits (3,0)

Broad overview of uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) design. Survey major UAS sub-systems including airframe, propulsion, power, communication, embedded computer hardware/software, detect-and-avoid, automation, and ground control station. Literature and case studies exploring current engineering practices, technologies used, and past lessons learned. Culminates with development of design specification for a UAS given requirements specification and knowledge acquired in the course.

UASE 531  Robotics and Control  3 Credits (3,0)

Modeling, design, planning, and control of robotic systems. Robotics and control design decisions specific to uncrewed systems including remotely operated and autonomous uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) and uncrewed space systems. Robotics foundations in kinematics, dynamics, control, motion planning, trajectory generation, programming, telemetry, sensor integration, remote operation, and design. Task and motion planning for utilization within uncrewed system technology.

UASE 638  Human Factors in Uncrewed Aerospace Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Overview of major human factors issues associated with uncrewed systems including remotely operated and autonomous uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) and uncrewed space systems operations across a variety of platforms employed in both commercial and military operations. Differences and commonalities between occupied and unoccupied systems with a focus on the human factor issues encountered by individual uncrewed operators (pilots and sensor operators) as well as UAS teams. Human factor issues surrounding uncrewed launch, recovery, long duration operations, fatigue, human performance, Ground Control Station (GCS) design, use of automation, Situation Awareness (SA), Crew Resource Management (CRM), integration into the National Air Space (NAS), attitudes and perspectives of both government agencies and public entities, use of technology to compensate for no-pilot-onboard, and regulatory issues and solutions. Discussions of human capabilities and limitations related to safe and effective operation of uncrewed aircraft and space systems in a variety of commercial and military operations.

UASE 691  Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project I  3 Credits (3,0)

Coherent and significant design experience in fabrication of a prototype, and/or publication of refereed article. Emphasizes the synthesis of most of the topics covered in MSUASE degree including design of airframe, innovative propulsion systems, autonomy, guidance, navigation, and control systems, payloads, networking, electronics, advanced manufacturing, as well as systems engineering and end-to-end integration of components and systems in meeting requirements and specifications. An interruption in enrollment is permissible between 691 and 692; i.e. student is not required to enroll in term immediately following UASE 691. If such an occurrence is anticipated, it is recommended that an independent project, rather than team option, be pursued.

UASE 692  Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems Capstone Design Project II  3 Credits (3,0)

Coherent and significant design experience in fabrication of a prototype, and/or publication of refereed article. Emphasizes the synthesis of most of the topics covered in MSUASE curriculum including the design of airframe, innovative propulsion systems, autonomy, guidance and navigation and control systems, payloads, networking, electronics, advanced manufacturing, as well as systems engineering and end-to-end integration of components and systems in meeting requirements and specifications. An interruption in enrollment is permissible between 691 and 692; i.e. student is not required to enroll in term immediately following UASE 691. If such an occurrence is anticipated, it is recommended that an independent project, rather than team option, be pursued.