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The PSU UAS Research Laboratory (PURL) performs advanced Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) research, including flight-testing with a variety of research systems.  PURL is within the Aerospace Engineering Department.  The laboratory includes dedicated research vehicle systems (airplane, helicopter, multirotor, and more), a comprehensive set of simulation tools, dedicated space for indoor flight with motion capture systems, areas for aircraft maintenance/storage, an avionics workshop.  The lab’s recognized strengths are in adaptive/reliable flight control, vision-based control, and conducting flight validation.  Most projects involve teaming with government/industrial partners and/or other academic units.  The lab’s graduates are highly sought after due to their knowledge/skills in control theory, software development, use of simulation, and familiarity with both a multi-disciplinary work environment and a safety culture.  Professor Eric N. Johnson serves as Director.

   

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