Department of Aerospace vehicles design and control - DCAS

The ISAE-SUPAERO Department of Aerospace vehicles design and control (DCAS) supports activities related to the design and development of aerospace systems.

Teaching missions

The DCAS delivers teaching in the fields of :

  • Flight mechanics, Aircraft design, UAVs
  • Space mechanics, Space system design
  • Human factors, neuro-ergonomics
  • Control theory, guidance, navigation and control (GNC)

These courses are delivered within the ISAE SUPAERO engineering progam and the Masters’ programs. They provide scientific and conceptual knowledge and skills. Practical know-how is developed through training sessions on the flight simulators (Pegase and Six Mouv) and aerospace environment simulation software.

Research groups

The DCAS conducts its own research and is involved in national and European research projects. DCAS researchers belong to three research groups:

  • Aerospace vehicle design (7 research faculty, 12 research engineers and post-doctoral students)
  • Decision and Control (5 research faculty, 8 research engineers, and post-doctoral students)
  • Neuro-ergonomics and human factors (3 research faculty, 11 research engineers, and post doctoral students)

Scientific topics

The research groups collaborate on the following topics:

Design and operation of safer aircraft

  • Aircraft/UAVs: critical flight cases (ex: exiting the flight envelope, incoherence of parameters/complex failures, sub-system failures),
  • Crew/operator: limited cognitive states (ex: attentional tunneling, perseveration, fatigue),
  • Robust control
  • Defining a process of intelligent driving and supervision to optimize flight security.
  • Developing a self-adaptive control and operation system, tolerant to failures

Using the extensive resources available to the department including simulators, flying platforms and associated software packages (TB20 system….), Neuroergo-lab, and the indoor cockpit, this research area allows the DCAS to innovate in the field of human factors (with the development of adaptive cockpits) and automated systems/decision: Fail safe laws, auto-reconfigurable driving system at sub-system failures.

Integrated multidisciplinary design of aircraft

Through different areas such as flight mechanics, aircraft design (multi-physical and multi-domain modelling) and control, the objective of this research is to define optimal integrated design methods and algorithms, aerodynamic models, structure, propulsion, environment models, etc. and the study of strong and weak coupling between models.

The resources under development such as the Multidisciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) workshop and the flight demonstrator are driving innovation : applied to the design of a BWB flying wing, to distributed propulsion and design of high aspect ratio aircraft, applied to design of sub-systems (electrical deicing systems, demonstrators) implemented in a complete workshop for Multi-domain Modelling, Simulation and Analysis within the framework of the OpenMDAO.

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.

Using a system engineering approach and developing space system design software packages which integrate already existing tools at the DCAS, this area explores the following points: adaptation and/or development of design methods, 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 orbits about Lagrangian Points.

Flow of scientific publications of the DCAS

Sanfedino Francesco, Alazard Daniel, Pommier-Budinger Valérie, Falcoz Alexandre, Boquet Fabrice

Finite element based N-Port model for preliminary design of multibody systems

(2017) Journal of Sound and Vibration, vol. 415 pp. 128-146 ISSN 0022-460X

Ponzoni Carvalho Chanel Caroline, Albore Alexandre, T'Hooft Jorrit, Lesire Charles, Teichteil-Königsbuch Florent

AMPLE: an anytime planning and execution framework for dynamic and uncertain problems in robotics

(2018) Autonomous Robots pp. 1-26 ISSN 0929-5593

Senoussi Mehdi, Verdière Kevin J., Bovo Angela, Ponzoni Carvalho Chanel Caroline, Dehais Frédéric, Roy Raphaëlle N.

Pre-stimulus antero-posterior EEG connectivity predicts performance in a UAV monitoring task

(2017) In : IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC 2017), 5 October 2017 - 8 October 2017 (Banff)

Evain Hélène, Rognant Mathieu, Alazard Daniel, Mignot Jean

A New Procedure for Tuning an Allocator and Designing a Robust High-Level Control Law for Over-Actuated Systems

(2017) In : IFAC World Congress 2017, 9 July 2017 - 14 July 2017 (Toulouse)

Bolting Jan, Stolle Martin, Fergani Soheib, Biannic Jean-Marc, Defay François

An open benchmark for distributed formation flight control of Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aircraft Systems

(2017) In : The 20th World Congress of The International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC 2017), 9 July 2017 - 14 July 2017 (Toulouse)

Valéry Benoît, Scannella Sébastien, Peysakhovich Vsevolod, Barone Pascal, Causse Mickaël

Can an aircraft be piloted via sonification with an acceptable attentional cost? A comparison of blind and sighted pilots

(2017) Applied Ergonomics, vol. 62 pp. 227-236 ISSN 0003-6870

All scientific publications

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