Flight Dynamics


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Flight Dynamics



UAV for recovery of
aerosol measurement equipment
(Wing span: 2.8m, Mss: 10kg)


UAV for aerial geomagnetic survey
(Wing span: 2.8m, Mss: 10kg, Range: 300km)

Flight dynamics laboratory basically concerns dynamics and its application to aircraft, while its research interest expands including control engineering, system engineering and information technology. Application and system oriented research and education are major characteristics of the laboratory.
One of the recent research topics is a novel design method of automatic flight control law, which is planned to apply to a JAXA's unmanned scaled-model supersonic research airplane as a result of collaborative research on intelligent flight control with JAXA.
The laboratory challenges widening application of UAVs(unmanned aerial vehicle) by using miniaturized high-performance onboard computers and digital avionics. One of the on-going development projects is UAV systems for aerial geomagnetic survey in Antarctica. The vehicles were collaboratively developed with National Institute of Polar Research, and they have been flight tested recently in King George Island, Antarctica. Another project is a UAV system which responds to the demand of a researcher in Fukuoka University to recover aerosol measurement equipment from a high altitude balloon. The UAV is also to be used in Antarctica in 2013 as one of the projects of JARE 54(54th Japan Antarctic Research Expedition). Students can learn many things in trying to solve various problems raised in the development.


Associate Professor Shin-Ichiro Higashino

The Main Research Topics

  • Hierarchy-structured Dynamic Inversion Flight Control
  • Machine Intelligence of Future Flight Control for Test Pilot-in-a-Box
  • Research and Development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Scientific Missions
  • Autonomous Flight Path Planning for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
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