The Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Center (ADSC) was founded in 2001 and currently pursues the following objectives:
- Continue supporting the Affordable Guided Airdrop System precision airdrop capability; a circular-parachute guided cargo system;
- Support the development of a family of various weight precision guided airdrop systems, which enable conventional military aircraft to drop sensors, munitions, and/or supplies at high-offsets onto the battlefield with near pinpoint accuracy, minimizing risk to the airdrop aircraft and limiting the need for ground vehicle convoys;
- Pursue the development and implementation of an autonomous payload tracking capability for determining time, 3D position, and attitude to support the modeling and system identification for all types of airdrop loads.
The ADSC is constantly working on different challenging projects, providing a wide variety of thesis opportunities in the different areas: conceptual design, CFD analysis, computer modeling, image processing, control design, sensor integration. Depending on student skills and desire, he or she may be involved in rigorous computer simulations, hardware-in-the-loop simulations and real field tests in Marina airport, McMillan airfield and at the Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ.