JSU professor awarded grant to test unmanned aircraft

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University computer engineering professor Kamal Ali has been awarded a research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to build a simulator to test unmanned aircraft.

The project title is “A Hardware-In-the-Loop-Simulation (HILS) System for the Simulation of Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Flight.” The requested amount for the three-year-project is $517,062.

The project aims to build a simulator that will allow Micro Aerial Vehicle’s (MAV) autopilot to be tested under all flight conditions in the laboratory. MAVs are small unmanned aircraft that are primarily used for reconnaissance. Using this system, a MAV’s autopilot can be made to fly any aircraft under any weather conditions in the laboratory, which averts delays caused by real testing

The project’s co-principal investigators are Abdelnasser Eldek, associate professor of computer engineering, and Mahmoud A. Manzoul, professor and chair of the Computer Engineering Department at Jackson State.

6 thoughts on “JSU professor awarded grant to test unmanned aircraft

  1. Congratulations. That sounds like such an exciting and worthwhile project. Good luck to you and the rest of the team.

  2. Dr. Ali: I don’t think too much can be done to upgrade our country’s military preparedness. I pray that the research explored by you and your team is highly successful. Stay the course.

  3. This research is vital to our country’s military preparedness. But I imagine it to be an enjoyable project.

    Hope you outcome (s) is/are successful.

    Dr. Ali, congratulation (and your team) on being the recipient of this research grant.

  4. Kamal–Another milestone for you and your team on this ground breaking research endeavor. Lets continue to aim for the sky!–Felix

  5. Pingback: Jackson State Awarded Dept. of Defense Research Grant | HBCU Digest

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