From state-of-the-art facilities to a legacy of leadership in analysis and design of complex systems and decision making, the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) has the resources and experience to tackle real world problems for the benefit of its sponsors and its students. Our mission is to formulate, develop, and implement comprehensive approaches to the design of affordable and high-quality complex systems.

The basic aim of current and future research at ASDL is to be educational leader in advanced systems architecting, engineering, design, integration and operations, decision making, digital engineering, data and visual analytics.

ASDL aims to accomplish this by:

  • Training the next generation of highly qualified engineers for academia, industry, and government
  • Developing leading design methods suitable for the design of all types of complex systems
  • Providing a point of global dissemination for cutting-edge research to academia, industry, and government
  • Advocating for research fields critical to the continued maturation of industry

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Roving Mars: Spirit and Opportunity’s Exploration of the Red Planet

Lecture by Mr. Michael Staab, Flight Systems’ Systems Engineer, NASA
5.30 pm on May 30, 2019 - CoVE at ASDL
In his lecture, Mr. Staab takes audiences on a 15 year, 300 million-mile odyssey from the Earth to our nearest planetary neighbor on a journey to discover Mars’ ancient past. The twin Mars Exploration Rovers were humanity’s first interplanetary robotic geologists, and with a suite of instruments found in any geologist’s toolkit, searched for the geological evidence of a wetter, more temperate climate in Mars’ ancient past suitable for supporting life. Come along on the adventure of a lifetime, experiencing the excitement of planetary exploration through the eyes of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers and the perspective of the engineers and scientist who make it possible.

About the Speaker: Mr. Michael Staab is a Flight Systems’ Systems Engineer assigned to the NASA-ISRO SAR (NISAR) mission and the PI of a Mars UHF Constellation Relay proposal at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He was formerly a Spacecraft Systems Engineer/Flight Director and the Lead Systems Engineer for Dust-Storm Operations for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, a Flight Controller, or ACE, for NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn, and a Mission Systems' System Engineer for NASA's Mars 2020 rover. Mr. Staab served as the Activity Lead for the recovery of the Opportunity rover following a Planet-Encircling Dust Event (PEDE) in June 2018, leading the recovery efforts to re-establish contact with the 14 year old rover that concluded surface operations on February 12, 2019. Mr. Staab is, in addition, an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer in the United States Navy Reserves, supporting the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) communities. He is an active public speaker in the Los Angeles community and an avid SCUBA diver, pilot, and outdoorsman.

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ASDL Hosts Its 27th External Advisory Board Review


ASDL just completed its 27th External Advisory Board (EAB) annual review. The event attracted more than 80 participants from government, industry, and academia and featured presentations from 26 student Grand Challenge teams as well as presentations from select students on competitions, special problems projects, and Master’s thesis. The EAB also included a reception during which student teams presented posters of their projects to sponsors. ASDL wants to congratulate its student teams and thank its sponsors and other supporters.


ASDL Comes 2nd at the AIAA Design Build Fly Competition


GT placed 2nd out of 104 total entries into the competition. Each plane had to fit through a 3 ft by 2 ft entryway and then remotely unfold into at least a 4 ft wingspan. The plane had to fly three missions, each of which involved taking off from a 10 ft ramp. The first was just an empty flight. The second mission had to carry a 1 ft diameter radome that rotated in flight. The third mission had to carry foam footballs and drop one per lap, while completing as many laps as possible in 10 minutes. Congratulations to the team and their advisor, Carl Johnson!

Click here to watch ASDL team's vehicle Buzzformer's flight at the competition!
Click here to read more about the story on GT AE's webpage!

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ASDL visits Delta Airlines


A group of ASDL students and research faculty recently visited Delta Airlines center in Atlanta, GA. The students are participating in a Grand Challenge project and traveled to the center to report on the team’s progress and get feedback from subject matter experts. The team also got a tour of some of the simulator and training facilities at Delta.

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ASDL Comes 1st and 2nd at the SAE East DBF Competition


A group of ASDL students were at the SAE Aero Design East competition in Fort Worth, TX, over March 8-10 participating in the Micro class and Advanced class. The Micro class challenges students to build a hand-launch UAV that can be quickly assembled from a small box along with a bulky PVC pipe payload. The ASDL team won 1st place in the design report and 2nd overall at the competition. The Advanced class is highly complex, requiring students to build an airplane that can drop water bottles and Nerf vortex footballs at a 50 foot radius target from an altitude above 100 feet, while also dropping autonomous gliders carrying ping pong balls that must navigate to the same 50 foot target zone. The ASDL team had the most successful drops at the competition and placed 2nd in design report, 2nd in presentation, and 1st place overall. Congratulations to the students that participated!

Click here to watch ASDL's SAE Aero Design East Micro Class flight!
Click here to watch ASDL's SAE Aero Design East Advanced Class flight!

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