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RAP opportunity at Air Force Science and Technology Fellowship Program     AF STFP

Distributed Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, Control and Autonomy


Space Vehicles Directorate, RV/Space and Planetary Sciences

opportunity location
13.40.01.C0670 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


name email phone
Sean Phillips 505.853.8531


This project seeks to develop novel methods, techniques and algorithms for challenging spacecraft guidance, navigation control and autonomy (GNC) problems. Specifically, new approaches are being developed for (a) cooperative safe autonomous spacecraft relative-motion guidance and navigation approaches for rendezvous and proximity operations, (b) efficient distributed task allocation algorithms for optimal or near-optimal task assignment and control, (c) robust and resilient networked communications and data distribution algorithms, (d) verification and validation techniques for nonlinear/multi-mode satellite control algorithms, and (e) coordinated vision-based feature reconstruction, pose estimation and/or relative navigation. Research proposals that address one or more of these topics from a theoretical or experimental perspective are of interest. This research can make use of the experimental facilities at AFRL/RV, including a cooperative multi-agent systems laboratory. 

key words
Robust Distributed Control; Autonomous Systems; Robotics; Satellite Systems; Guidance Navigation and Control; Learning; Autonomy; Networked Systems; Stability; Nonlinear Dynamics;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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