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.