Marine Operations Course
information on our Fall 2013 ENGR 180 Marine
Operations course, see [here].
We will be conducting a half-day mission in
Monterey Bay with scientists and engineers from
NOAA and MBARI.
- Graduate work
on demonstrating new multi-robot navigation
and collaboration techniques has been active
during the past six months, with work being
conducted primarily in Stevens Creek
Reservoir and Lake Tahoe.
- Significant work has
been done by a team led by Thomas Adamek,
focusing on a new multi-robot adaptive
sampling technique that performs
gradient-based navigation. This
technique has been demonstrated
experimentally with great success, and an
article on results is currently being
prepared for the IEEE Trans on Mechatronics.
Coming soon from the
multi-robot research group: multi-robot object
manipulation, bi-dynamic object tracking (as
opposed to bi-static), and new multi-ROV and
- Three RSL kayaks
sailing in formation while detecting a
near-shore temperature gradient in Emerald
Bay, Lake Tahoe CA.
RSL students continue to conduct mission operations for
O/OREOS for scientists and engineers at NASA Ames Research
Center. O/OREOS was launched in November 2010 from Kodiak
is a triple cube
- spacecraft about the size of a loaf
of bread, and it is performing two astrobiological tests during its
1-year mission. Updates
are on the O/OREOS
Mission Dashboard. Three journal
articles, co-authored by SCU
faculty/staff/students, have been
published or are in press and
discuss results of the mission.
other satellite operations news:
NASA NanoSail-D spacecraft
de-orbited in Fall 2011, and the
NASA PharmaSat spacecraft de-orbited in late Summer
two UT Austin FASTRAC spacecraft,
which have SCU avionics on board, were
launched in November 2010 are are
the mission planning front, SCU is
currently working with NASA Ames on the
development of several new spacecraft
missions, due for launch in 2013 and 2014:
SporeSat mission, which is another
peer-reviewed astrobiological mission,
successfully passed PDR in August 2012
and has its CDR in March 2013.
EDSN multi-satellite mission will
present its CDR in March/April 2013.
EcAMSat astrobiological tech demo
spacecraft has resumed its design
cycle after a funding
autonomous SWATH boat is operational for shallow water
bathymetric studies. During a Spring, Summer and
Fall 2012 deployments, the vehicle was used to continue the
mapping of Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, in
cooperation with geologists from UNR and USGS.
SeaWASP will continue this work in 2013. A journal
article on SeaWASP was recently published in the Journal of Field Robotics.
- SeaWASP during
a mission in Emerald Bay, CA
2013 - Lake
2013 was a blast. We conducted a multi-day mission
in Emerald Bay and at other locations in the
South Lake Tahoe area. The team revisited
Tahoe in early September to explore canyon walls
off the shore of Camp Richardson.
Operations were conducted with scientific
collaborators from the U.S. Geological Survey
and from the University of Nevada, Reno.
207, Advanced Mechatronics I (Kitts, 3
180/181 Marine Operations (Adamek)
171 Opportunity Assessment (KEEN Course, Rogers)
Graduate Courses Approved as Technical Electives
in the Robotics/Mechatronics Depth Area: Mech
217 Introduction to Control Systems (Dougherty)
Operations will NOT be taught this
quarter. Plan to take it in the Spring!
In The News
Place in ASME iShow! Congratulations
to the EDD Train Braking senior capstone group
(Charles Franz, Greg Method, and Keegan Walsh)
for placing 2nd in ASME's international iShow
competition for engineering innovation and
Student Progress - Congratulations
to recent MS graduates Rob Beetum (Thesis:
Multi-Robot Object Tracking), Todd Berk
(Capstone: Development of a Bio-Oil Reactor),
Fritz Huizenga (Singularity Handling in
Multi-Robot Cluster Control), Jeremy Ellis
(Capstone: Development of a Parallel Satellite
Antenna Pointing Mechanism), Naail Abeer
(Thesis: Model Based Anomaly Management for
Networked Systems), and Mark Sabugal (Capstone:
Matlab-based Expert System for Satellite
Grants - As part of a University Sustainability Grant,
students are applying the Lab's Cluster Space
multi-robot control technique to applications
such as adaptive sampling and oil skimming in
Over the summer, Dr. Kitts
also received more than a half million dollars
in funding in order to develop operation control
systems and perform mission operations for 3 new
NASA small spacecraft missions.
- New journal publications
include a journal article by Ignacio Mas
regarding Cluster Space Obstacle Avoidance (In
Press, IEEE TMech) and an article by Paul
Mahacek on Dynamic Multi-ASV Guarding of Marine
Assets (2/12, IEEE TMech). Dr. Kitts was
also the Editor of a Special Issue on Advanced
Marine Systems for the IEEE Transactions on
Mechatronics, which includes a review article by
Dr. Kitts on the current state of technology in
this field (2/12, IEEE TMech). An article
on the SWATH boat has also been accepted for
publication in the Journal of Field Robotics.
journal articles have or will soon be published on
flight results for the NASA O/OREOS spacecraft,
two in Astrobiology - on SEVO and SESLO
experimental results, and one in Acta
Astronautica. RSL co-authors include Rasay,
Young, Neumann and Kitts.