Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Faculty of Engineering
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics Course, School of Engineering
The Guidance and Control Laboratory does research on the control of spacecraft and autonomous systems. Our research aims are to develop new concept or theory based on new idea. One of our research themes is nonlinear control for systems with non-integrable constraints (: nonholonomic systems). Applying the nonlinear control allows to reduce the number of actuators to control the state variables of systems. The second one is research on autonomous vehicles, which can perform their missions in unknown environments. We are doing experimental research for planetary exploration rovers with unique shape, motion and environment recognition system mimicking compound eye of flying insects, and so on. The third is research on trajectory design for spacecraft. Because the requirements for space missions become complicate year by year, we combine control theories with space dynamics to design and control the trajectories of spacecraft. Cultivating a new concept or theory and developing its realistic procedure is goal of the research.
Planetary exploration rover with spherically isotropic leg arrangement