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Research

P1

*Constructed an alt-az servo-encoder drive system for a Dobsonian telescope, and built a simplified version of a control system for students to get their hands on experience.
*Implemented parallel algorithms for fault-tolerant decentralized signal processing for the SPACE test-bed.

 

P3

Develop an autonomous astronomical image viewer and analyzer for FITS astronomical image files.
*Develop an autonomous object detection algorithm to facilitate the analysis of the First Look Survey. Research is currently conducted to improve the accuracy of object detection when clouds are present in the image.
*Verification of the autonomous object detection is being conducted based on the joint efforts of students in Electrical Engineering and Physical Science.
*A user-friendly software tool with graphical user interface is being developed to integrate the functions of the FITS image viewer, analyzer, and autonomous object detection.
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P4

Research conducted by using the neural network technologies as the Frequency and Timing Subsystem (FTS) forecaster of the NASA Deep Space Network (DSN).
*Ph. D. research: Yulu Chen, transferred from CSULA is being prepared in the astronomical engineering at USC. The literature research include the topics of
­Space power systems and to evaluate possible applications of space nuclear power generators.
­The lunar environment, lunar base construction, and inflatable habitats.
­Micrometeoroid and debris shielding, health-monitoring systems, and survivability.
­ Â“Spacecraft System Design” and participated in Space Exploration Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio at the University of Southern California.
*A virtual space environment is being developed using 3-D animation technology to assist users in learning, analyzing and designing space mission, orbital mechanics, and orbital maneuvers.
*Two research reports regarding space power systems and lunar habitats were prepared for delivering the literature research at USC to the SERENADES Laboratory.
*Health-monitoring and self-repairing systems for spacecrafts and space habitats were identified as a potential future research interest that needs further investigation.
*A presentation focusing on self-repairing system for inflatable space habitats was made in the USC class, Space Exploration Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio.
*A three-dimensional animation software architecture model for implementing a virtual space environment to be implemented has been defined.
 
 
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