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.
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
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: 10.1260/1756-82188.8.131.52.
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 (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” 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 123-133 April 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.⇑ Return to top ⇑