Thursday, January 28, 2016

2016-01-28: Congressional Visit

The Autonomy Incubator was a stop on the center tour for US Representatives Scott Rigell (R-Va) and Rob Wittman (R-Va) where they saw GL-10 and were treated to an autonomous mission demonstration featuring object classification, localization, detect-and-avoid, and multi-agent collaborative trajectories.

US Rep. Rigell (left) speaking with Jim Neilan in the Autonomy Incubator

US Rep. Rigell (second from right) speaking with Bill Fredericks
about GL-10 in the Autonomy Incubator

To read more about their day at LaRC, check out the article on the LaRC website.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2016-01-20: NASA HQ Associate Administrators Visit the Autonomy Incubator.

NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot and Deputy Associate Administrator Lesa Roe toured the Autonomy Incubator (AI) on January 20, 2016.

Dr. Danette Allen (Left) with Deputy Associate Administrator Lesa Roe (Center)
and Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot (Right) in LaRC's Autonomy Incubator

Their visit to the AI included demonstrations of cooperative autonomy and a showcase of capabilities such as Localization, Object Detection and Classification, and Object Avoidance on the Mars Reusable Electric Flyer.

Jim Neilan points out sensors on our Mars Reusable Electric Flyer
while Dr. Loc Tran and Zak Johns look on.

A notional Mars Sample Return mission scenario was presented in which three Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) survey and identify and Area of Interest (AOI) for possible sample collection. A rover is summoned to the AOI and delivers a fourth UAV as well as its own paylaod. The UAVs fly collaboratively (in formation) while the rover completes its own related mission.

Rover "Herbie" exhibits "Follow Me" behavior behind a UAV
to deliver the fourth intelligent agent to complete the mission

Rover "Herbie" has delivered the fourth UAV and exits the scene


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2016-01-19: NASA LaRC Autonomy Incubator 2016 Spring Interns Arrive

The Autonomy Incubator welcomed our spring interns on January 19, 2016. Pictured below from left to right are:
  • Erica L. Meszaros of Eastern Michigan University
  • Leonardo Herrera of Cicese Research Center
  • Kevin French of the University of Florida
  • Michael Janov of Northeastern University, and 
  • Spencer Watza of Western Michigan University.

Stay tuned for future posts and to learn more about the great work to come from the Intern Team.