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.
In 2017, the DCAS included 35 permanent staff members (faculty, researchers, and engineers, technical and administrative staff) and 30 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

Gontar Patrick, Homans Hendrik, Rostalski Michelle, Behrend Julia, Dehais Frédéric, Bengler Klaus

Are pilots prepared for a cyber-attack? A human factors approach to the experimental evaluation of pilots' behavior

(2018) Journal of Air Transport Management, 69 26-37 ISSN 0969-6997

Hidalgo-Muñoz Antonio R., Mouratille Damien, Matton Nadine, Causse Mickaël, Rouillard Yves, El-Yagoubi Radouane

Cardiovascular correlates of emotional state, cognitive workload and time-on-task effect during a realistic flight simulation

(2018) International Journal of Psychophysiology, 128 62-69 ISSN 0167-8760

Gateau Thibault, Ayaz Hasan, Dehais Frédéric

In silico vs. Over the Clouds: On-the-Fly Mental State Estimation of Aircraft Pilots, Using a Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Based Passive-BCI

(2018) Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12 1-14 ISSN 1662-5161

Peysakhovich Vsevolod, Lefrancois Olivier, Dehais Frédéric, Causse Mickaël

The Neuroergonomics of Aircraft Cockpits: The Four Stages of Eye-Tracking Integration to Enhance Flight Safety

(2018) Safety, 4 (1). 1-15 ISSN 2313-576X

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, 415 128-146 ISSN 0022-460X

Verdière Kevin J., Roy Raphaëlle N., Dehais Frédéric

Detecting Pilot's Engagement Using fNIRS Connectivity Features in an Automated vs. Manual Landing Scenario

(2018) Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12 1-14 ISSN 1662-5161

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Flow of scientific publications of the DCAS

Gontar Patrick, Homans Hendrik, Rostalski Michelle, Behrend Julia, Dehais Frédéric, Bengler Klaus

Are pilots prepared for a cyber-attack? A human factors approach to the experimental evaluation of pilots' behavior

(2018) Journal of Air Transport Management, 69 26-37 ISSN 0969-6997

Hidalgo-Muñoz Antonio R., Mouratille Damien, Matton Nadine, Causse Mickaël, Rouillard Yves, El-Yagoubi Radouane

Cardiovascular correlates of emotional state, cognitive workload and time-on-task effect during a realistic flight simulation

(2018) International Journal of Psychophysiology, 128 62-69 ISSN 0167-8760

Gateau Thibault, Ayaz Hasan, Dehais Frédéric

In silico vs. Over the Clouds: On-the-Fly Mental State Estimation of Aircraft Pilots, Using a Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Based Passive-BCI

(2018) Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12 1-14 ISSN 1662-5161

Peysakhovich Vsevolod, Lefrancois Olivier, Dehais Frédéric, Causse Mickaël

The Neuroergonomics of Aircraft Cockpits: The Four Stages of Eye-Tracking Integration to Enhance Flight Safety

(2018) Safety, 4 (1). 1-15 ISSN 2313-576X

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, 415 128-146 ISSN 0022-460X

Verdière Kevin J., Roy Raphaëlle N., Dehais Frédéric

Detecting Pilot's Engagement Using fNIRS Connectivity Features in an Automated vs. Manual Landing Scenario

(2018) Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12 1-14 ISSN 1662-5161

All scientific publications

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