Advanced Vehicle Systems

Twenty-five year history of designing and building aerospace and research vehicles. From UAVs to ROVs and research aircraft, ARSI has diverse and innovative skills in all facets of vehicle engineering. The new vehicle engineering team unites our Materials and Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Groups, creating one of the most experienced and skilled teams in advanced vehicle development.

Flight Dynamics & Integrated Vehicle Control

The Advanced Vehicle Systems Laboratory, led by Dr. Menges, has been instrumental in developing new methods in machine learning for vehicle control systems. Establishing advances in integrating flight dynamics and propulsion systems for ARSi aircraft such as the Swallow with autonomous flight capability, the morphing wing MothBat™, the Mark 6™ adaptive wing cruiser and Mark 8 launch platform. The Mark 8 is being designed to provide an atmospheric research vehicle advancing air breathing propulsion and definition of handling qualities the Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane.

Early demonstration of AI-based controls of integrated control and propulsion was led by Dr. Menges and was funded by NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC). See right for summary.

ARSi's new vehicle and systems engineering team includes consulting engineer and test pilot Dr. James Casler and Dr. Tom Edwards.

Menges SSTO concept vehicle. Image by C. Moore.


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The ARSI Automated Orbital Platform (AOP) is conceptualized to support manufacturing for a variety of organizations and agencies. Advances in Intelligent Mechatronics and the AI-Artificial Neural Membrane (AI-ANM) technologies have integrated low-power, autonomous manufacturing units that offer revolutionary capabilities now in the prototype stage.
Above: The first NiTinol actuated flapping wing controlled by a neurogenesis algorithm or evolutionary artificial neural network (ANN). Funded by the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts and recognized a new class of functional structures. ANM systems have been recognized to provide the first truly automated intentional or conceptual programming environment. Video below.

ANM defined – From Wikipedia

Artificial neural membrane (ANM) refers to a new class of functional structure developed through research adaptive and evolutionary neural networks and programmable materials. The greatest interest in ANM structures surround their potential as open architecture environments for the integration of microscale and nanoscale devices.

Originally based on the Neurogenesis Algorithms developed by mathematician and engineering physicist Dr. P. A. Menges. While working as a postdoctoral research associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Menges became interested in thin film materials used in specialized sensors also referred to as smart skins. After leaving the laboratory she established a computational method allowing networks to automatically embed or simulate on other networks based in functional materials.

Artificial neural membrane technology development has been funded by the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, for application to flapping wing flight. [Currently Aerospace Research Systems, Inc – the organization that pioneered work in developing artificial neurons for use in control of multifunctional smart structures – is applying the technology to reusable launch vehicles. Other applications include biotechnology processes, morphing aircraft and spacecraft, biomimetic adaptive and artificial organs. Recent research also indicates that ANM systems may provide the first truly automated intentional or conceptual programming environment. The ANM technology has been referred as being as significant as semiconductors in the 1950s.
Source: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_neural_membrane)


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