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Department of Aerospace Vehicles Design and Control - DCAS

The ISAE-SUPAERO Department of Aerospace Vehicles Design and Control (DCAS) supports activities related to design and control during development of aeronautics and space vehicles.
The DCAS included 35 permanent staff members (faculty, researchers, and engineers, technical and administrative staff) and around 45 non-permanent members including engineers on a contract basis, doctoral and post-doctoral students.
In particular, the DCAS manages a fleet of nine aircraft (1 Socata TB-20, 3 Robin DR- 400, 4 Aquila, 1 twin- engine Vulcan Air P68 Observer) at the Lasbordes Operational Center.

Educational missions

The DCAS offers courses in the following areas :

  • Flight mechanics, Aircraft design, Drones
  • Orbital mechanics, Space
  • Human factors, Neuroergonomics
  • Control, decision, navigation and mission planning
  • Operation, maintenance and certification

These courses are delivered within the scope of the ISAE-SUPAERO engineer program and within Masters and Advanced Masters programs. They provide scientific and conceptual skills through coursework. Technical skills are taught through the use of a flight simulator and aeronautics and space simulation software packages developed within the Department.

Research groups

The DCAS conducts its own research and is involved in national, European and international research projects. DCAS researchers work in three research groups:

  • Aerospace vehicle design,
  • Decision and Control,
  • Neuro-ergonomics and human factors .

The 3 reserach groups collaborate in the following areas :

  • Safer navigation and control of aerospace sysrtems ;
  • Integrated multi-disciplinary aircraft design ;
  • Advanced space concepts.

Scientific topics

Designing and operating safer aircrafts

The goal of this topic are to carry out research for identifying and controlling critical flight conditions :

  • Aircraft/drone : critical flights (ex: leaving the flight envelope, incoherence of parameters/complex failures, sub-system failures),
  • Air-crew/operator: inadequate cognitive states (ex: attentional tunneling, perseverance, fatigue, distraction),
  • Guaranteeing control performances independent of uncertainties and parametric variations,
  • Defining intelligent supervision control processes to optimize flight safety under operational constraints,
  • Developing an adaptive, failure-tolerant robust decision and control systems.

The DCAS resources include flight and space simulators, flying platforms (TB-20, P68), various neuro- and psycho-physiological measurement devices (fNIRS, EEG, ECG, eye tracking), motion platform, virtual reality simulator. These facilities allow the DCAS researchers to innovate in the fields of human factors (with the development of adaptive cockpits) and automated decisional systems implementing fail-safe laws, and auto-reconfigurable driving systems with respect to sub-system failures.

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Integrated multi-disciplinary design of aircraft

Through different areas such as flight mechanics, aircraft design (multi-physical and multi-domain modelling) and control, the goal of this topic is to define optimal integrated design methods and algorithms, to develop aerodynamic, structural, propulsive and environmental models, etc. and to study strong and weak coupling between models.

The resources under development such as the Multidisciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) platform developed within the framework of OpenMDAO and the flight demonstrator are driving innovation : design of high aspect ratio aircraft, design of sub-systems (electrical deicing systems, demonstrators).

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Advanced space concepts

This research topic focuses on various challenges within the framework of future concepts (within 15 years) including space debris management, autonomous navigation-based missions towards asteroids, in-orbit servicing for telecommunication satellites, space traffic management, and architecture of inhabited space stations on the surface of the Moon or Mars , among others.

Through system engineering and control , using space system design software packages which integrate already existing tools at the DCAS, this topic addresses the adaptation and/or development of design methods with a specific focus on interface management, architecture of large structures for inhabited exploration missions, formalization of trajectories and attitude control from launch phase to rendez vous phase on LEO, GEO, and LP orbits.

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More informations about the department’s activities

Emmanuel Bénard Aerospace vehicle design
Bénédicte Escudier Aerospace vehicle design
Thibault Gateau Aerospace vehicle design
Joel Jezegou Aerospace vehicle design
Stéphanie Lizy-Destrez Aerospace vehicle design
Philippe Pastor Aerospace vehicle design
Eric Poquillon Aerospace vehicle design
Daniel Alazard Decision and control
Caroline Berard Decision and control
Joel Bordeneuve Decision and control
Yves Briere Decision and control
Caroline Chanel Decision and control
François Defay Decision and control
Valerie Pommier-Budinger Decision and control
Mickaël Causse Neuro-ergonomics and human factors
Frédéric Dehais Neuro-ergonomics and human factors
Vsevolod Peysakhovich Neuro-ergonomics and human factors
Raphaëlle Roy Neuro-ergonomics and human factors
Sébastien Scannella Neuro-ergonomics and human factors

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Flux de publications scientifiques du DCAS

Behrend Julia, Dehais Frédéric

How role assignment impacts decision-making in high-risk environments: Evidence from eye-tracking in aviation

(2020) Safety Science, 127 104738 ISSN 0925-7535

Dehais Frédéric, Lafont Alex, Roy Raphaëlle N., Fairclough Stephen

A Neuroergonomics Approach to Mental Workload, Engagement and Human Performance

(2020) Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14 1-17 ISSN 1662-4548

Preda Valentin, Sanfedino Francesco, Bennani Samir, Boquet Fabrice, Alazard Daniel

Robust and adaptable dynamic response reshaping of flexible structures

(2020) Journal of Sound and Vibration, 468 1-22 ISSN 0022460X

Ponzoni Carvalho Chanel Caroline, Roy Raphaëlle N., Dehais Frédéric, Drougard Nicolas

Towards Mixed-Initiative Human–Robot Interaction: Assessment of Discriminative Physiological and Behavioral Features for Performance Prediction

(2020) Sensors, Special issue Human-Machine Interaction and Sensors, 20 (1). 1-20 ISSN 1424-8220

Santos de Campos Mário G., Ubaldino de Souza Paulo Eduardo, Ponzoni Carvalho Chanel Caroline, Lacan Jérôme

Blockchain-Based Multi-UAV Surveillance System

In : Symposium on Blockchain for Robotics and AI Systems, 4 December 2019

Singh Gaganpreet, Roy Raphaëlle N., Ponzoni Carvalho Chanel Caroline

Real-time Eye-Tracking Processing during Pilot-UAV Interaction

In : The 1st International Workshop on Eye-Tracking in Aviation, 17 March 2020 (Toulouse)

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Flow of scientific publications of the DCAS

Behrend Julia, Dehais Frédéric

How role assignment impacts decision-making in high-risk environments: Evidence from eye-tracking in aviation

(2020) Safety Science, 127 104738 ISSN 0925-7535

Dehais Frédéric, Lafont Alex, Roy Raphaëlle N., Fairclough Stephen

A Neuroergonomics Approach to Mental Workload, Engagement and Human Performance

(2020) Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14 1-17 ISSN 1662-4548

Preda Valentin, Sanfedino Francesco, Bennani Samir, Boquet Fabrice, Alazard Daniel

Robust and adaptable dynamic response reshaping of flexible structures

(2020) Journal of Sound and Vibration, 468 1-22 ISSN 0022460X

Ponzoni Carvalho Chanel Caroline, Roy Raphaëlle N., Dehais Frédéric, Drougard Nicolas

Towards Mixed-Initiative Human–Robot Interaction: Assessment of Discriminative Physiological and Behavioral Features for Performance Prediction

(2020) Sensors, Special issue Human-Machine Interaction and Sensors, 20 (1). 1-20 ISSN 1424-8220

Santos de Campos Mário G., Ubaldino de Souza Paulo Eduardo, Ponzoni Carvalho Chanel Caroline, Lacan Jérôme

Blockchain-Based Multi-UAV Surveillance System

In : Symposium on Blockchain for Robotics and AI Systems, 4 December 2019

Singh Gaganpreet, Roy Raphaëlle N., Ponzoni Carvalho Chanel Caroline

Real-time Eye-Tracking Processing during Pilot-UAV Interaction

In : The 1st International Workshop on Eye-Tracking in Aviation, 17 March 2020 (Toulouse)

All scientific publications

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