Center for Directed Energy (CDE)

Center for Directed Energy (CDE)
AFIT Faculty: Dr. Richard G. Cobb
CONTACT INFORMATION
Name: Dr. Richard G. Cobb
Title: Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Commercial Phone: 937-255-3636 (4559)
DSN Phone: 785-3636 (4559)
EDUCATION

Ph.D., Astronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, WPAFB, OH, 1996, Dissertation Title: "Structural Damage Identification from Frequency Response Measurements"

M.S., Astronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, WPAFB, OH, 1992, Thesis Title: "Optimal Blending of Colocated and Non-colocated Accelerometer Measurements to Control a Flexible Structure"

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1988

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Structural Dynamics
Control and Optimization
Military Space Applications

EXPERTISE
  • SPACE SYSTEMS
  • STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS AND CONTROL
PUBLICATIONS & RESEARCH PAPERS

David H. Curtis, Mark F. Reeder, Craig E. Svanberg, Richard G. Cobb, and Gregory H. Parker “Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle Bench Test Setup” IJMAV Volume 4 · Number 1 · March 2012

Anderson, M. and Cobb, R., “Toward Flapping Wing Control of Micro Air Vehicles”, Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Feb 2012.

Shepherd, M. J., Cobb, R. G., Palazotto, A. N., and Baker, W. P., “Scaling Analyses for Large-Scale Space-Based Membrane Optics”, AIAA Journal, Vol 49, No 7, July 2011.

Black, J., Cobb, R., Swenson, E. and Cooper, B., “Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment Space Flight Data Analysis”, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol 48, No 3, pp 477-487, May 2011.

Cobb, R., Black, J. and Swenson, E., “Design and Flight Qualification of the Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment”, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol 47, No 4, pp659-699, July-August 2010.

Colombi, J., and Cobb, R., “Application of Systems Engineering to Rapid Prototyping for Close Air Support”,Defense Acquisition Review Journal, Edition 52, pp284-303, October 2009.

Irvin, D. R., Cobb, R.G., and Lovell, T. A., “Fuel-Optimal Maneuvers for Constrained Relative Satellite Orbits”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol 32, No 3, pp 960-973, May-June 2009, doi: 10.2514/1.36618.

Holstein, R. G., Palazotto, A. N., Cobb, R.G., “Structural Design Considerations of an Inflatable Rigidizable Space Shuttle Experiment”, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol 22, No 2, pp 123-133April 2009.

Jorris, T. R. and Cobb, R. G. “3-D Trajectory Optimization Satisfying Waypoints and No-Fly Zone Constraints”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol 32, No 2, pp 551-572, March-April 2009, doi: 10.2514/1.37030.

Shepherd, M. J., Cobb, R. G., Palazotto, A. N. , and Baker, W. P., “Modal Transformation Method for Deformable Membrane Mirrors”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol 32, No 1, pp 276-289, January-February 2009, doi: 10.2514/1.33344.

Jorris, T. R. and Cobb, R. G. “Multiple Method 2-D Trajectory Optimization Satisfying Waypoints and No-Fly Zone Constraints”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol 31, No 3, pp 543-553, May-June 2008.

Shepherd, M. J., Cobb, R. G., Peterson, G. A. and Palazotto, A. N. “Quasi-static Optics-based Surface Control of an In-plane Actuated Membrane Mirror” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets Vol 44, No 4 pp 953-963,July 2007.

Vandawaker, R.M., Palazotto, A.N., Cobb, R.G., “Damage Detection Through Analysis of Modes in a Partially Constrained Plate”, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol 20, No 2, pp. 90-96, Apr 2007.

Winthrop, M. F., Baker, W., Cobb, R. G."A variable stiffness device selection and design tool for lightly damped structures." Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol 287, pp 667-682, Feb 2005.

D.C. Moody, R. A. Raines, R. G. Cobb, and A. N. Palazotto, “The Design and Analysis of a Space-Based Experiment for Inflatable Structures,” Transactions of the AOC, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 106-134. Oct 2004.

Cobb, R. G. et. al., “Vibration Isolation & Suppression System for Precision Payloads in Space” Smart Materials and Structures, Vol 8, pp. 798-812, December 1999.

Cobb, R. G., Liebst, B. S., "Sensor Placement and Structural Damage Identification from Minimal Sensor Information," AIAA Journal, Vol 35, No 2, pp. 369-374, February 1997.

Cobb, R. G., Liebst, B. S., "Structural Damage Identification Using Assigned Partial Eigenstructure," AIAA Journal, Vol 35, No 1, pp. 152-158, January 1997.

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