Dr. Richard G. Cobb

 

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Dr. Richard G. Cobb is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering with over 35 years of aerospace experience.  Over the past, 18 years at AFIT, he has taught graduate level courses in satellite design, optimal control, trajectory optimization, system identification and spacecraft control systems.  He teaches courses on classical, robust, and optimal control theory, trajectory optimization, and satellite design.  His research focuses on dynamics and control of aerospace systems, including control of aircraft, spacecraft, large flexible structures, and optical systems.  Recent work includes developing optimal trajectory plans for Global Strike missions, optimal aircraft air and ground collision avoidance algorithms for manned and unmanned systems, active buffet alleviation using piezoelectric actuators for F-16 aircraft, maneuver planning for satellite proximity operations, dynamics and control techniques for lightweight space optics and optimal/novel sensor systems and architectures for enhancing Space Situational Awareness.

While on active duty, Dr Cobb served as the technical advisor for AFRL’s Space Vehicles Technology Branch, and has led several space flight experiment programs, including the Vibration Isolation and Suppression System sponsored by BMDO, and the Satellite Ultra-quiet Isolation Technology Experiment.  Dr. Cobb also served as a launch operations officer at Cape Canaveral AFS on the Global Positioning System program, responsible for the integration and launch of the GPS Block II satellite constellation.

Publications

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

Stern, J., Wachtel, S., Colombi, J., Meyer D. and Cobb, R., “Multi-objective Parallel Optimization of Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Architectures”, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, (Accepted, March 2018)

Prince, E. and Cobb, R., “Optimal Inspector Satellite Guidance to Quasi-Hover via Relative Teardrop Trajectories”, Acta Astronautica, February 15, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.02.017

Carr,R.W., Cobb, R.G., Pachter, M. and Pierce, S, "Solution of a Pursuit–Evasion Game Using a Near-Optimal Strategy", Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 41, No. 4, 2018, pp. 841-850. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.G002911

Zollars M.D., Cobb R.G. and Grymin D.J., “Simplex Solutions for Optimal Control Flight Paths in Urban Environments”, Journal of Aeronautics & Aerospace Engineering, 6:197, August 31, 2017, doi: 10.4172/2168-9792.1000197

Smith N.E., Arendt C.D, Cobb R.G. and Reeger, JA., “Implementing Conditional Inequality Constraints for Optimal Collision Avoidance”, Journal of Aeronautics & Aerospace Engineering, 6:195. July 06, 2017. doi: 10.4172/2168-9792.1000195

Livermore, R., Lindholm, G., Neal, C., Cobb, R. and Colombi, J., “Heuristic Near-Optimal UAS Path Planning for Convoy Overwatch”, Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems, Vol 2, No 1, 2016

Humphreys, C., Cobb, R., Jacques, R. and Reeger, J., “A Hybrid Technique to Rapidly Solve the Intermediate-Target Optimal Control Problem”, Global Journal of Technology & Optimization, August 2016, DOI: 10.4172/2229-8711.1000200

Denton, J., Hodson, D., Cobb, R., Mailloux, L., Grimaila, M., and Baumgartner, G., “A Model to Estimate Performance of Space-Based Quantum Communication Protocols Including Quantum Key Distribution Systems”, Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation (JDMS), Nov 2016.

Smith, N., Cobb, R., Pierce, S., and Raska, V., “Uncertainty Corridors for Three-Dimensional Collision Avoidance”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 38, No. 6, pp. 1156-1162, June 2015, DOI:10.2514/1.G000459.

Ross, S. M., Cobb, R. G., Baker, W. P., and Harmon F., “Implementation lessons and pitfalls for real-time optimal control with stochastic systems”, Journal of Optimal Control Applications and Methods, Vol. 36, Issue 2, pp198-217, March 2015,DOI: 10.1002/oca.2110.

Lindholm, G. J. and Cobb, R. G., “Passive Rotation Joint Design Considerations for Lift and Thrust Generation for a Biomimetic Flapping Wing”, International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, Vol. 6, No 3, pp141-154, September 2014

Lindholm, G. J. and Cobb, R. G., “Closed-Loop Control of a Constrained, Resonant-Flapping Micro Air Vehicle”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 52, No 8, pp. 1616-1623, August 2014, DOI: 10.2514/1.J052641.

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, DOI: 10.1260/1756-8293.6.1.1.

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, January 2014,DOI:10.2514/1.57855.

Norris, A., Palazotto, A. and Cobb, R., “Experimental Structural Dynamic Characterization of the Hawkmoth (ManducaSexta) 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” International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, Vol. 4, No. 1, March 2012.

Anderson, M. and Cobb, R., “Toward Flapping Wing Control of Micro Air Vehicles”, Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, January 2012, Vol.35: 296-308, DOI:10.2514/1.51170.

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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and Liebst, B. S., "Finite Element Model Tuning Using Automated Structural Optimization System Software'', AIAA Journal, Vol. 34, No. 3, March 1996.

 

CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS

Zollars M.D., Cobb R.G. and Grymin D.J., “Optimal Path Planning for SUAS Target Observation through Constrained Urban Environments using Simplex Methods” IEEE American Controls Conference, June 27-29, 2018, Milwaukee WI.

Curtis, D, and Cobb, R., “Illumination effects on satellite articulation characterization from a trajectory matrix using optimization”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 3-10 March 2018, Big Sky MT.

Zollars M.D., Cobb R.G. and Grymin D.J., “Optimal Path Planning for SUAS Waypoint Following in Urban Environments”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 3-10 March 2018, Big Sky MT.

Stern, J., Wachtel, S., Colombi, J., Meyer D. and Cobb, R. (2018), “Multiobjective Optimization of Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Situational Awareness Systems via Parallel Executable Architectures”, 2017 Disciplinary Convergence in Systems Engineering Research. Springer, Cham, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62217-0_42

Curtis, D and Cobb, R., “Satellite Articulation Tracking Using Monocular Computer Vision” AAS 41st Annual Guidance and Control Conference, (AAS 18-097) Breckenridge CO, 5-9 Feb 2018

Prince, E. and Cobb, R,. "Optimal Guidance for Relative Teardrops with Lighting and Collision Constraints", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, AIAA SciTech Forum,8-12 January 2018, Kissimmee FL, (AIAA 2018-0867) https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2018-0867

Zollars M.D., Cobb R.G. and Grymin D.J., "Simplex Optimal Control Methods for Urban Environment Path Planning", AIAA Information Systems-AIAA Infotech @ Aerospace, AIAA SciTech Forum, 8-12 January 2018, Kissimmee FL, (AIAA 2018-2259) https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2018-2259

Zollars, M.D. and Cobb R.G., “Simplex Methods for Optimal Control of Unmanned Aircraft Flight Trajectories”, ASME. Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Tysons VA, October 11–13, 2017, doi:10.1115/DSCC2017-5031.

Prince, E.R., Carr, R.W. and Cobb, R.G., “Fuel Optimal, Finite Thrust Guidance Methods to Circumnavigate with Lighting Constraints”, Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, Sep 19-22, 2017, Maui HI.

Curtis, D, and Cobb, R., “Satellite articulation characterization from an image trajectory matrix using Optimization”, Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, Sep 19-22, 2017 Maui HI.

Thomas, G. and Cobb, R., “Daytime sky brightness characterization for persistent GEO SSA”, Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, Sep 19-22, 2017, Maui HI.

Carr, R. W. and Cobb, R. G. "An Energy Based Objective for Solving an Optimal Missile Evasion Problem", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, AIAA SciTech Forum, 8-12 Jan 2017 Kissimmee FL, https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2017-1016

Humphreys, J., Cobb R., Jacques D, and Reeger, J., "Dynamic Re-Plan of the Loyal Wingman Optimal Control Problem", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, AIAA SciTech Forum, 8-12 Jan 2017 Kissimmee FL, https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2017-1744

Wheeler, P., Cobb, R., Hartsfield, C. and Prince, B., “Satellite Propulsion Spectral Signature Detection and Analysis”, IEEE Aerospace Conference 2017, Mar 4-11, Big Sky MT, March 2017

Curtis D. and Cobb, R., "Satellite Articulation Sensing using Computer Vision", 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA SciTech Forum, 8-12 Jan 2017 Kissimmee FL, https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2017-1329

Wheeler, P., Cobb, R., Hartsfield, C. and Prince, B., “Satellite propulsion spectral signature detection and analysis through Hall effect thruster plume and atmospheric modeling”, Proceedings SPIE 9974, Infrared Sensors, Devices, and Applications VI, September 19, 2016,doi:10.1117/12.2238021

Prince, E. and Cobb, R., “Optimal Slew-rate-limited Guidance for Combined Formation Establishment and Reconfiguration of Inspector Satellite with Exclusion Cone”, 27th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, San Antonio TX, Feb 5-9, 2017

Prince, E. and Cobb, R., “Optimal Inspector Satellite Guidance to Quasi-Hover via Relative Teardrop Trajectories”, IAF 9th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying, Boulder CO 19-21 June 2017

Stern, J., Wachtel, S., Colombi, J., Meyer, D., and Cobb, R., “Multi-objective Optimization of Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Situational Awareness System Architectures”, CSER 2017: 15th Annual Conference on System Engineering Research (CSER), Redondo Beach CA, 23-25March 2017

D. A. Shultz, J. M. Colombi , D. R. Jacques, R. G. Cobb, “Model-based Engineering: Analysis of Alternatives for Optical Satellite Observation”, CSER 2017: 15th Annual Conference on System Engineering Research (CSER), Redondo Beach CA, 23-25Mar 2017

Carr, R., Torf, J. and Cobb, R., "Cooperative Control for Missile Evasion", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, AIAA SciTech, San Diego CA, 4-8 January 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2016-1862

Jodeh, N., Cobb, R. and Livermore, R., "Optimal Flight Paths in Wireless Sensor Networks: Modeling, Simulation, and Flight Test", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, AIAA SciTech, San Diego CA, 4-8 January 2016.  http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2016-0383

Gross, K., Hoffman, J., Clark, M., Swenson, E., Cobb, R., Whalen, M. and Wagner, L., "Evaluation of Formal Methods Tools Applied to a 6U CubeSat Attitude Control System", AIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition, Space Conferences and Exposition, Pasadena CA, 31 Aug-2 Sep 2015.  http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2015-4529

Torf, J., Carr, R. and Cobb, R., "Optimized Maneuvers and Countermeasures for Specialized Defensive Loyal Wingman", AIAA Defense 2016 (Missile Sciences Conference), AIAA-Defense2016-9013, Laurel MD, 8–10 March 2016.

Humphreys, C., Cobb, R., Jacques, R. and Reeger, J., "Dynamic Re-plan of the Loyal Wingman Optimal Control Problem in a Changing Mission Environment", AIAA Infotech @ Aerospace, AIAA SciTech, San Diego CA, 4-8 January 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2016-0746

Doupe, C., Swenson, E., Cobb, R. and Pierce, S., "Optimal Attitude Control of Agile Spacecraft Using Combined Reaction Wheel and Control Moment Gyroscope Arrays", AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, AIAA SciTech, San Diego CA, 4-8 January 2016.  http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2016-0675

Humphreys, C., Cobb, R., Jacques, D., and Reeger, J., “Optimal Mission Path for the Uninhabited Loyal Wingman”, AIAA-Aviation Conference, Dallas TX, 22-26 June 15.

Lancaster, J., Reeder, M., Cobb, R., and Sytsma, M., “Experiments with the Model Test Apparatus installed in the AFIT Low Speed Tunnel”, AIAA-Aviation Conference, Dallas TX, 22-26 June 15.

Bellows, C, Black, J., and Cobb, R., “Updating Track Data from Partial Serendipitous Satellite Streaks” AAS 15-268, 25th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, January 2015.

Livermore, R., and Cobb, R., “Optimal UAS Path Planning for Convoy Overwatch”, AIAA-2015-0487, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Kissimmee FL, 5-9 January 2015.

Jodeh, N., and Cobb, R., “Optimal Airborne Trajectories for Data Collection from Wireless Sensor Networks by Direct Collocation Methods”, AIAA-2015-0072, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Kissimmee FL 5-9 January 2015.

Jodeh, N. and Cobb, R. “Autonomous Flight Path Planning for Traffic Monitoring in Wireless Sensor Networks”, AIAA-2015-0190, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Kissimmee FL 5-9 January 2015.

Suplisson, A., Cobb, R., Baker, W., and Jacques, D., “An Optimal Control Approach to Aircraft Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance”, AIAA-2015-1316, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Kissimmee FL, 5-9 January 2015.

Smith, N. E., Cobb, R., Pierce, S., and Raska, V., “Optimal Collision Avoidance Trajectories via Direct Orthogonal Collocation forUnmanned/Remotely Piloted Aircraft Sense and Avoid Operations”, AIAA-2014-0966,  AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, National Harbor MD, 13-17 January 2014.

Jodeh, N. M., Coon, T., Masternak, T. J., Cobb, R. G., and Agte, J. S., “Optimal Airborne Trajectories for Data Collected from Emplaced Ground Sensor Arrays”, AIAA-2014-1291, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, National Harbor MD,13-17 January 2014.

Dras, L., Jennings, A. L., and Cobb, R. G., “Model Complexity Reduction of a Segmented Mirror Telescope”, AIAA-2014-0476, AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, National Harbor MD,13-17 January 2014.

Smith, N.E., Cobb, R., Pierce, S., and Raska, V., “Optimal Collision Avoidance Trajectories for Unmanned/Remotely Piloted Aircraft”, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Boston MA,19-22, August 2013.

Blunck, K., Coon, T., Swenson, E., Black J., and Cobb, R., “Space Telescope Structural Design Analysis for the Chromotomographic Hyperspectral Imaging Experiment”, 54th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, April 8-11, 2013.

DeLuca, A., Reeder, M., and Cobb, R. “Force Measurements and Flow Visualization of Biomimetically Designed Manduca Sexta Class Engineered Wings”, 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA Paper 2013-0087, January 2013.

Jennings, A. L., Cobb, R. G., “Ambient Vibration Testing of a Segmented Mirror Telescope”, 54th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, April 8-11, 2013.

Lindholm, G., Cobb, R., “Closed-Loop Control of a Constrained, Resonant-Flapping Micro Air Vehicle” AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Minneapolis MN, 13-16 August 2012.

Maly, J. R., Yingling A. J., Griffin, S. F., Agrawal, B. N., Cobb, R. G.,  Chambers, T. S., “Vibration Damping for the Segmented Mirror Telescope” , SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Advancing Astronomy with Developments on all Scales, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1-6 July 2012.

Blackstun, M., Swenson, E., Hart, S., Black, J., and Cobb, R. “Design, Build, and Test of Engineering Development Unit CubeSats for Satellite Design Courses”, American Society for Engineering Educator's Inaugural International Forum, San Antonio TX, June 9-10, 2012.

Lindholm, G., Ohara, Cobb, R., and Reeder, M., “Power Requirements for Control of Flapping WingMicro Air Vehicle using Piezoelectric Actuators”, Proceedings of the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL, Jan 2012.

Sladek, N., Anderson, M. and Cobb R., “Aero and Structural-dynamic Repeatability of a Novel MAV Wing Manufacturing Process”, AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, Portland, OR, Aug 2011.

Jacques, D., Colombi, J., and Cobb R., “Fostering Systems Engineering Education through Interdisciplinary Programs and Graduate Capstone Projects”, 2011 ASEE Conference, Vancouver Canada, June 2011.

Hutzel, J., Decker, D., Cobb, R., King, P., Veth, M. and J. Donbar, “Scramjet Isolator Shock Train Location Techniques”, 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando FL, Jan. 4-7, 2011.

Anderson, M. and Cobb, R., “Evaluation of Bi-harmonic Amplitude and Bias Modulation for Flapping Wing MAV Control”, Proceedings of the 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando FL, Jan 2011, AIAA-2011-1161.

Anderson, M., Sladek, N. and Cobb R., “Design, Fabrication, and Testing of an Insect-Sized MAV Wing Flapping Mechanism”, Proceedings of the 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando FL, Jan 2011.

Friedl, F., Cobb, R., Karasz, W. and Peters, K., “Applying Pseudospectral Optimization to Conventional Prompt Global Strike Missions”, AIAA Missile Sciences Conference, Monterey CA, 16-18 Nov 2010

Book, T.A., Starr, W.J., Morse, A.J., Miller, S.D., Black, J.T., Swenson, E.D., Cobb, R.G., and C.R. Hartsfield, “A Design Overview of a Space-Based Chromotomographic Hyperspectral Imaging Experiment,” 24th AIAA Utah State University Conference on Small Satellites, Logan UT, Aug. 2010, Paper SSC10-I-1.

Starr, W.J., Book, T.A., Morse, A.J., Miller, S.D., Swenson, E.D., Cobb, R.G., and J.T. Black, “Target Acquisition/Tracking for the Space-Based Chromotomographic Hyperspectral Imaging Experiment,” AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Toronto Canada, Aug. 2010, AIAA Paper 2010-7655.

Anderson, M. and Cobb, R., “Techniques for Non-Harmonic Wing Flapping for the Control of Micro Air Vehicles,” AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AIAA Paper 2010-7555, August, 2010.

Trottier, M., Baghal, L., Swenson, E., Black, J., Finley, C., and Cobb, R., “Accurate Dynamic Response Predictions of Various Plug-and-Play SAT I Configurations”, 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 18th AIAA/ASME/AHS, 12th Adaptive Structures Conference, Orlando FL, Apr 12-15, 2010, AIAA Paper 2010-2958.

Miller, S., Book, T., Morse, A., Swenson, E., Cobb, R., Black, J., Hartsfield, C., “Structural Design and Analysis of a Novel Space-Based Chromotomographic Spectrometer”, 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 18th AIAA/ASME/AHS, 12th Adaptive Structures Conference, Orlando FL, Apr 12-15, 2010, AIAA Paper 2010-2935.

Thomas, G., Swenson, P., Cobb, R., Swenson, E. and Black, J., “Prototype Development and Dynamic Characterization of Deployable CubeSat Booms”, 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 18th AIAA/ASME/AHS, 12th Adaptive Structures Conference, Orlando FL, Apr 12-15, 2010, AIAA Paper 2010-2907.

Swenson, P., Thomas, G., Cobb, R., Black, J. and Swenson, E., “Development and Design of an AFIT CubeSat Demonstrating Deployable Technology”, 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 18th AIAA/ASME/AHS, 12th Adaptive Structures Conference, Orlando FL, Apr 12-15, 2010, AIAA Paper 2010-2906.

Norris, A., Palazotto, A. and Cobb, R., “Structural Dynamic Characterization of an Insect Wing”, 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 18th AIAA/ASME/AHS, 12th Adaptive Structures Conference, Orlando FL, Apr. 12-15, 2010, AIAA Paper 2010-2790.

Anderson, M. and Cobb, R., “Frequency Response of a Micro Air Vehicle Wing Flapping Mechanism to Non-Harmonic Forcing”, 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 18th AIAA/ASME/AHS, 12th Adaptive Structures Conference, Orlando FL, Apr. 12-15, 2010, AIAA Paper 2010-2708.

Swenson, E., Black, J. and Cobb, R., “Investigating the Effects of Orthogonalization of Measured Modes on Finite Element Model Tuning”, 51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 18th AIAA/ASME/AHS, 12th Adaptive Structures Conference, Orlando FL, Apr 12-15, 2010, AIAA Paper 2010-2546.

O’Dell, D., Bostick, R., Hawks, M., Swenson, E., Black, J. Cobb, R. and Perram, G., "Chromotomographic Imager Field Demonstration Results", Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications VI, Orlando FL, 7 April 2010, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 7668, 766804 (2010); doi:10.1117/12.849702.

McFarland, C., Swenson, E., Black, J. and Cobb, R., “Near Real-Time Closed-Loop Optimal Control Feedback for Spacecraft Attitude Maneuvers”, AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, Chicago, IL, Aug. 10-13, 2009, AIAA Paper 2009-5814.

Cooper, B., Black, J. and Cobb, R, “Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment Post Flight Analysis”, 50th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Conference on Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials, Palm Springs CA, May 2009, AIAA Paper 2009-2157.

Owens, J., Cobb, R., and Black, J., “Design and Flight Qualification of the Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away Special Experiment”, 50th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Conference on Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials, Palm Springs CA, May 2009, AIAA Paper 2009-2155.

Browning, J., Cobb, R.G., and Canfield, R.A., “F-16 Ventral Fin Buffet Alleviation Using Piezoelectric Actuators”, 50th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Conference on Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials, Palm Springs CA, May 2009, AIAA Paper 2009-2538.

Shepherd, M. J., MacDonald, A., Gray, W.R. and Cobb, R. G., "Limited Simulator Aircraft Handling Qualities Evaluation of an Adaptive Controller", IEEE Aerospace Conference, Paper #1292, Big Sky MT, Mar 2009.

Irvin, D. R., Cobb, R.G., and Lovell, T. A., “An Investigation of Teardrop Relative Orbits For Circular and Elliptical Chief Satellites”, 19thAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Savannah GA, February 8-12, 2009, AAS 09-110.

Curtis, D., Reeder, M., Svanberg, C., and Cobb, R., “Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle Bench Test Set-up”, 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando FL, 5-8 January 2009, AIAA Paper 2009-1272.

Crouse, J. D., Blue P. A., Cobb, R. G.,  and Mears, M., “Cursor-on-Target Control for Semi-autonomous UAS”, AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit, 18 - 21 August 2008, Honolulu HI, AIAA 2008-6798.

Jorris, T. R. and Cobb R. G., “3-D Trajectory Optimization Satisfying Waypoints and No-Fly Zone Constraints”, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Mackinac Island MI, 19-23 Aug 2007, AAS 07-304.

Irvin, D. R., Cobb, R.G., and Lovell, T. A., “A General Methodology for Minimum-Fuel Hovering Satellite Formations”, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Mackinac Island MI, 19-23 Aug 2007, AAS 07-271.

Shepherd, M. J., Cobb, R. G., Palazotto, A. N , and Baker, W. P., “Scaling Analysis for Large Membrane Optics ”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky MT, Mar 2007.

Irvin, D. R. and Cobb, R. G.“Multiple Leg Fuel-Optimal Trajectories for Hovering Satellites”, AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Conference, Sedona AZ, 28 Jan - 1 Feb 2007, AAS 07-209.

Jorris, T. R. and Cobb, R. G., “2-D Trajectory Optimization Satisfying Waypoints and No-Fly Zone Constraints”, AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Conference, Sedona AZ, 28 Jan - 1 Feb 2007, AAS 07-114.

Irvin, D.R. and Cobb R. G., “Feasibility Study and Fuel Optimal Control Techniques for Constrained Relative Satellite Orbit Geometries”, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Keystone CO, Aug 21-24 2006.

Gunn-Golkin A., Helms S., and Cobb R., “Structural Verification of the Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment”, Small Satellite Conference, Utah State University,  Aug 14-17 2006.

G. Buckner, G. Buttram, M. Cannon, A. Collazo, M. Jiru, J. Colombi, and R. Cobb, “Systems Engineering for Rapid Prototyping: A Practical DoD Application”, NDIA Conference, San Diego, California, Oct 2006.

Shepherd, M. J., Cobb, R. G., and Baker, W. P., “Clear Aperture Design Criterion for Deformable Membrane Mirror Control”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky MT, Mar 2006.

Shepherd, M. J., Peterson, G. A., Cobb, R. G., and Palazotto, A. N., “Quasi-static Optical Control of In-plane Actuated, Deformable Mirror: Experimental Comparison with Finite Element Analysis”, 47th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference. AIAA, Apr 2006.

Shepherd, M. J., Cobb, R. G., and Baker, W. P., “Low-order actuator influence functions for piezoelectric in-plane, actuated, tensioned circular deformable mirrors”, Smart Structures & Materials/NDE, San Diego, California, SPIE, 26 Feb- 2 Mar 2006.

Lee, Haeng-Bok , Cobb, R.G., “Design of lightweight primary mirror metering structure for spaceborne telescope”, SPIE International Symposium on Optomechatronic Technologies (ISOT 2005), Sapporo, Japan December 2005.

Stults, J.A., Maple R.C., Cobb, R.G., Parker G.H., “Computational Aero-elastic Analysis of a Micro Air Vehicle with Experimentally Determined Modes” 23rd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, Toronto, Ontario, AIAA Paper 2005-4614, 6-11 June 2005.

Cobb, R.G., Lindemuth, S., Slater, J., and Maddux, M., “Development and Test of a Rigidizable Inflatable Structure Experiment”, 2004 AIAA Gossamer Spacecraft Forum, Palm Springs CA, 19 Apr 2004.

Cobb, R. G., Tragesser, S. G., Toso, A., “Feasibility and Detection of Foreign Microsatellite Counterspace Operations”, 2003 AMOS Technical Conference, Maui HI, 13 Sep 2003.

Cobb, R. G., Tragesser, S. G., “Satellite Attitude Dynamics & Control Demonstrations for the Classroom”, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Paper AAS 03-506, Big Sky MO, 3-7 Aug 2003.

Dabrowski, V. J. and Cobb, R. G., “Experimental Demonstration of an Algorithm to Detect the Presence of a Parasitic Satellite”, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Paper AAS 03-610, Big Sky MO, 3-7 Aug 2003.

Winthrop, M. F., Cobb, R. G. “Survey of State-of-the-Art Vibration Isolation Research and Technology for Space Applications”, SPIE Conference, San Diego CA, March 2003.

Cobb, R. G., Das A.,Denoyer K.K., “TechSat 21: Developing Low-Cost, Highly Functional Micro-Satellite Clusters for 21st Century Air Force Missions”, IAF Conference, Redondo Beach CA, 19-21 Apr 1999.

Martin, R. M., Cobb, R. G. et al., “University Nanosatellite Program”, IAF Conference, Redondo Beach CA, 19-21 Apr 1999.

Anderson, E. H., Fumo, J., Cobb, R.G., “Satellite Ultraquiet Isolation Technology Experiment (SUITE): Electromechanical Subsystems” Proc. SPIE Smart Structures and. Materials. Conference, Newport Beach CA, March 1999.

Das, A., Cobb, R. G., Stallard, M., “TechSat 21: A Revolutionary Concept in Distributed Space Based Sensing” AIAA Defense and Civil Space Programs Conference, Huntsville AL, October, 1998.

Sullivan, J.M., Cobb, R.G., Rahman, Z., Spanos, J., “Closed-Loop Performance of a Vibration Isolation and Suppression System”, American Control Conference, Albuquerque, NM, June 1997.

Idle, M.K., Cobb, R.G., Sullivan, J.M., Goodding, J.C., “Use of a Zero-Gravity Suspension System for Testing a Vibration Isolation System”, 17th Aerospace Testing Seminar, Manhattan Beach, CA, October 1997.

Bennett, S., Davis, T., Cobb, R. G., Sullivan, J., "Vibration, Steering and Suppression Mechanism for Space Based Sensors”, NASA Aerospace Mechanisms Symposia, Huntsville, AL, May 1997.

Cobb, R. G., Liebst, B. S., "Structural Damage Identification Using Minimal Sensor Information",  Proceedings of the International Conference on Identification in Engineering Systems, Swansea UK, 1996.

Cobb, R. G., Liebst, B. S., "Sensor Location Prioritization and Structural Damage Localization Using Minimal Sensor Information", Proceedings of the International Conference on Identification in Engineering Systems, Swansea UK, 1996.

Cobb, R. G., Liebst, B. S., "Structural Damage Identification from Frequency Response Data'', Proceedings of the 1995 Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AIAA, Baltimore MD, 1995, pp. 334--344.

Woods, R. D., Liebst, B. S., Cobb, R. G., "A State-Space Model of a Large, Lightly Damped Space Structure", Proceedings of the 1995 Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, AIAA, Baltimore MD, 1995, pp. 345--355.

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