Micro-Autonomous Systems Research



The Micro Autonomous Systems Research (MASR) project focuses on techniques for applying new manufacturing technologies (3D printing, CNC milling, etc.) in a way that allows for combat invention, innovation, modification, and manufacture to be forward deployed. This new capability enables improved soldier flexibility to create materiel solutions to the problems they face. The MASR project is seeking to build the engineering techniques necessary for forward deployed innovation through an initial case study involving Micro Autonomous Systems. The initial case study will focus on demonstrating an extensible framework for enabling rapid progression from requirements definition to small scale production. The current phase of research is seeking to demonstrate the extensible design framework through the creation of a parametric multi-rotor vehicle and a parametric fixed wing vehicle. These two test prototypes are being used to develop three critical components: automated design, automated manufacture, and the link between the two. The case study will provide insight into how critical interfaces and components need to be documented and linked to modeling and engineering analyses for design generation. These designs will then be paired with automated manufacturing techniques to produce physical prototypes. The final product of the research is to demonstrate the end to end process from requirements to a workable prototype in a matter of days.

In this project, sponsored by the Army Research Laboratory, the Georgia Tech team developed an automated product family engineering process and toolset allowing the creation of tailored one-off solutions to soldier needs. The toolset provides a simplified user interface for non-technical users to enter vehicle requirements, such as sensing packages, endurance, etc. A spreadsheet logistics interface allows an untrained logistics operator to enter machines and parts availability constraints. This information is fed to set of engineering analyses where a feasible design (if possible) is generated, and the drawings for manufacture are output. These part designs are then be provided to a technician with automated manufacturing tools (such as 3D printing) who starts the automated manufacturing, assembles components, and returns the tailored UAV to the soldier. This process has been tested and validated via flight tested vehicles

For more information about MASR, please contact Daniel Cooksey (daniel.cooksey@gatech.edu).

Team Members

Research Engineer:

  • Daniel Cooksey daniel.cooksey@gatech.edu


External Advisory Board Presentation

Student Presentation 2014-2015

Student Poster

Student Poster 2014-2015