Project 1: Unmanned Aerial Systems for commercial operations
The development of Unmanned Aerial Systems is at a mature stage where regulation plays an important role in further advances. EASA certified autopilots, lightweight structures, reliable dynamics simulation models, automated image analysis from payload video stream, telecommunication systems for BLOS operations, environment for mission planning, application of artificial intelligence are worth of investigation in the near future. These technologies could be tested on the Boggi’s Eagle Scan UAV.
Project 2: Electric Hybrid General Aviation Aircraft
The need for preserving the environment is pushing aviation towards a more sustainable approach to travel. However, nowadays electric technologies can only assure low endurances and a realistic approach to the green transition could be the hybrid aircraft concept in General Aviation. The development of a methodology to design hybrid aircraft in compliance with EASA rules deserves a deep investigation. A market analysis, the use of flight simulators and the development of dynamics models are part of the work.
Project 3: Smart Space Structures
Space structures must be lightweight and sustain high vibrations during the launch. Therefore, innovative optimized structures must be developed, based on recent manufacturing technologies and new materials. On the other hand, NASA, ESA and Australian Space Agency regulations must be considered in the development of these structures to allow further introduction into the market. CAD and FEM tools can support this effort and reduce the need for experimental tests.