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Affiliate Centers and Laboratories

 

Affiiate Centres

Our faculty and graduate students collaborate with the following centers.

 

Consortium for Autonomous Space Systems (CASS)

 

   
 

Texas Institute for Intelligent Bio-Nano Materials and Structures for Aerospace Vehicles (tiims)

NASA has chosen Texas A&M University to lead the Texas Institute of Intelligent Bio-Nano Materials and Structures for Aerospace Vehicles (TiiMS), bringing together some of the top researchers in Texas and the world - including a Nobel laureate and several members of the National Academies - in biotechnology, nanotechnology, biomaterials and aerospace engineering to develop the next generation of bio-nano materials and structures for aerospace vehicles. Our faculty lead the efforts of the instutute in the development of adaptive and intelligent control methods and modeling techniques for aerospace vehicles.

   
 

Spacecraft Technology Center (STC)

The STC helps industry transform ideas into space-engineered hardware and assists industry partners in using the International Space Station, NASA Space Shuttle or other orbital platforms as testbeds for engineering and validating advanced space technology. Our faculty are active participants in the center leading to successful development of technologies such as the STARNAV I experiment, flown aboard STS 107..

   
 

Laboratories

 

Flight Simulation Laboratory

Flight simulation lab has a flight simulator Located in 011 HRBB,

   
 

Vision Laboratory

Optical Design and Testing apparatus including LED characterization, star field simulator and optical bench with precision alignment components. A precision air bearing table along with an ultraprecise contraves used to design and modify smart sensors by faculty are housed in the VisionLaboratory. It is frequently by researchers from the industry.

   
 

Dynamics and Control Laboratory

The Dynamics and Control Lab is used to experimentally verify control laws for the control of flexible structures. Two control structures in this lab include a large flexible grid with strain gages for sensors and small DC motors for actuators to verify vibration suppression control laws; and a four-arm hub appendage model to verify the optimal control and fine-pointing of a flexible spacecraft undergoing large rotational maneuvers. A large DC motor at the hub controls this structure, while the sensors include an optical angle encoder (sensitive to 0.01 deg), Watson angular rate sensors and strain gages. This lab includes a large computer-controlled air bearing table that allows mounted structures to float on an almost frictionless surface.

   
 

Fluid Dynamics Laboratories

The aerodynamic test facilities are equipped with 3'x4' and 2'x3' test sections capable of testing aircraft models up to 70 m/s wind velocities. Flow control and Aero-elasticity research is carried out in these labs with collaborators. Analytical models developed by the facult are evaluated and validated by testing in the wind tunnel facilities. Faculty associated are : Prof. Rediniotis and Prof. Strganac.

   
 

Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel

In addition to the above small wind tunnels, we enjoy access to the 7’ x 10’ Low Speed Wind Tunnel to collect basic aerodynamic data from models developed. Visit the web page here >>

   
 

Flight Mechanics Laboratory

The Flight Mechanics Lab Flight Test Facility is used for experimental research on the dynamics of and the flow field around full-scale aircraft. This facility is located in Hanger 7046, next to the control tower at the Old Bryan Air base, also known as the A&M Riverside campus, located west of Bryan on Highway 21 just past the small town of Smetana. Test aircraft at this lab include a Gulfstream Commander 700; a Gulstream Cougar; a Mooney M20F; a Piper Super Cub; and a Schweizer 232 Sailplane. The facility also includes other flight test equipment and a complete workshop.

   
 

Computational Intelligence and Sensing for Aerospace Robotics

Laboratory involves design and development of aerospace robotic agents This group focuses on research related to the general area of computational intelligence and sensing for aerospace robotics applications.

   
 

Autonomous Systems Laboratory

The Laboratory houses several working prototypes of programmable robots. Research in being carried out in novel cooperative control strategies and other autonomous agent theory and practice.

   
 

Flight Research Laboratory

The Flight Research Laboratory The aircraft, laboratories, offices, students, and staff of the TEES Flight Research Laboratory are located at a hanger near the General Aviation facilities at Easterwood Airport in College Station. Directly across the street is the Wind Tunnel Complex housing the 7×10 Lowspeed Wind Tunnel, the NASA-Langley Mach 6 Quiet Tunnel, the Mach 7 Research Tunnel, and the Klebanoff/Saric Unsteady Wind Tunnel. The lab owns and operates three aircraft: the Cessna O-2 (military version of the Cessna 337 Skymaster) for heavy instrumentation, observation, and data transmission; the Stemme S-10 VT powered sailplane for its ultra-low disturbance environment, and high-altitude capabilities; and the Velocity XL-5-RG for its high-speed, pusher configuration.



 


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