The design of spacecraft, satellites, planetary landers and their missions is becoming ever more complex and challenging. At the heart of this design process is Systems Engineering. New methods, techniques and tools that can be used for spacecraft design from a Systems Engineering perspective are being developed and tested at Florida Institute of Technology. Florida Tech researchers and students are closely teaming with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop a ‘Mission Observer CubeSat’ using the new Systems Engineering tools and techniques.
This research investigates the capabilities and limitations of using an unmanned aerial video data collection system to assist structural inspectors during the inspection process of bridges and high mast lighting poles. The proposed system has the potential to improve the safety of inspectors during the inspection process, improve the accuracy of the estimates made by inspectors, and reduce the cost of inspections.
This research investigates the applicability of mobile light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and imaging data for railroad bridge inspections. Using high-definition cameras, images of bridge defects (e.g., concrete cracks) will be collected and processed to develop prototypes of image processing algorithms for defect detection and classification. Using a state-of-the-art mobile LiDAR sensor, data will be collected and processed to develop prototype 3D models of bridge structures. The resulting 3D models will be used to detect particular bridge defects, such as structural deformations.