The main research areas at the institute:

Trajectory Generation: Exemplary dynamic trajectory containing fly-by, fly-over, and loiter transitions

Flight Guidance and Flight Control
How can you improve handling qualities or flying characteristics? How about robustness against failures? Or should your aircraft be able to fly more automatically? Maybe you need to guarantee certain performance for a large flight envelope under different enviromental conditions? The answer is guidance and flight control!
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Modeling, Simulation & Parameter Identification
This research field deals with aircraft characteristics in terms of its dynamic motion through mathematical modeling and simulation. Parameters which represent the aircraft dynamic characteristics are quantified through Parameter Identification techniques. Modeling, Simulation and Parameter Identification is widely applied in aircraft research such as flight simulator development, flight incident/accident investigation, flight safety improvement, etc.
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Trajectory Optimization
The research in aircraft trajectory optimization enables great reductions in fuel consumption and noise or the increase in safety for air races just by optimally operating existing equipment. Here you can learn more about these and other applications and the methods we use.
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Sensors, Navigation & Data Fusion
Navigation system is an important part of onboard avionics. It ensures safety of life and successful mission accomplishment.  Modern navigation systems apply sophisticated algorithms to fuse information collected by different sensors and measurement systems in order to guarantee the highest level of performance and reliability.
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Avionics and Safety Critical Systems
The research field Avionics and Safety Critical Systems tries to find answers on how future system architectures for small and mid-sized maned and unmanned aerial systems will look like and how avionics need to be developed to match upcoming challenges. A lean development process starting from requirements engineering through a continuous safety assessment to innovative system designs facilitates the need of certification. Traditional, as well as model based techniques are used to develop modular onboard systems and high-fidelity ground based test systems. Learn more about what it takes to get algorithms flying on real hardware and about the development of certifiable safety critical systems.
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