Air Force Research Laboratory - Unmanned Aerial System (AFRL-UAS)

Hands-on Unmanned Aerial Systems research at Purdue’s world class indoor motion capture environment, Hangar 4. Direct collaboration and support from AFRL (Air Force Research Labs) Aerospace Systems Directorate.



The motivating problem is interception of a ground target with a robust, cyber-secure, unmanned aerial system (UAS). This ground target could be a fast moving vehicle or injured person that is broadcasting an intermittent position. Relevant topics such as Kalman filtering, embedded autopilot systems, the Robot Operating System (ROS), motion planning, and simulation using Gazebo will be employed. Cyber-security topics will focus on runtime assurance, model checking, and correct by construction software development.

Relevant Technologies:

  • Computer vision
  • Cyber-security
  • Embedded control systems

Meeting time:

  • Spring 2022: Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 pm, Hangar 4 - Purdue Airport
  • Fall 2022: Tuesdays 6:00-8:50 pm, KNOY B041