Center for Space Research and Assurance (CSRA)

Center for Space Research and Assurance (CSRA)
AFIT Faculty: Richard G. Cobb
CONTACT INFORMATION
Name: Richard G. Cobb
Title: Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Commercial Phone: (937)255-3636 (4559)
DSN Phone: 785-3636 (4559)
EDUCATION

PhD Astronautical Engineering, 1996, Air Force Institute of Technology, WPAFB, OH

MS Astronautical Engineering, 1992, Air Force Institute of Technology, WPAFB, OH

BS Aerospace Engineering, 1988, the Pennsylvania State University, PA

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Optimal Control Theory and Applications

Spacecraft Systems

EXPERTISE
  • CONTROL SYSTEMS
  • CONTROL THEORY
  • CONTROL THEORY AND DESIGN/OPTIMAL CONTROL/NONLINEAR CONTROL/INTELLIGENT CONTROL
  • DYNAMICS AND CONTROL
  • SPACE SYSTEMS
  • SPACECRAFT DYNAMICS
  • STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS AND CONTROL
PUBLICATIONS & RESEARCH PAPERS

Ross, S. M., Cobb, R. G. and W. P. Baker., “Stochastic Real-Time Optimal Control for Bearing-only Trajectory Planning.” International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, Vol 6, No 1, March 2014.

Anderson, M. and Cobb, R., “Implementation and Evaluation of a Flapping Wing Control Technique for Micro Air Vehicles”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No.1, pp. 290-300, Jan 2014.
 
Norris, A., Palazotto, A. and Cobb, R., “Experimental Structural Dynamic Characterization of the Hawkmoth (Manduca Sexta) Forewing”, International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 39-54, March 2013.
 
DeLuca, A., Reeder, M., and Cobb, R., “An Experimental Investigation into the Effect of Flap Angles for a Piezo-Driven Wing,” International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 55-92, March 2013.
 
Curtis, D., Reeder, M., Svanberg, C., Cobb, R., and Parker, G., “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.
 
Moody, D.C., Raines, R. A., Cobb, R. G. and Palazotto, A. N., “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.
 
Cobb, R. G., Canfield, R. A. Liebst, B. S., "Finite Element Model Tuning Using Automated Structural Optimization System Software'', AIAA Journal, Vol. 34, No. 3, March 1996.
 
COURSES
MECH 610 Structural Vibrations
MECH 719 Vibration Damping and Control
ASYS 525 Linear Systems Analysis
ASYS 545 Linear Systems and Control
ASYS 535 Military Space Systems and Applications
ASYS 565 Control and State Space Concepts
ASYS 625 Nonlinear Control Methods
ASYS 765 Robust Control
 
 
 
 
 
 
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