NASA Ames VTOL Testing and Simulation Tools and Facilities

NASA AMES

Dr. Colin Theodore

Dr. Colin Theodore

Colin is an Associate Project Manager in the NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology project.  His research background is in the area of high-fidelity aeromechanics and flight dynamics simulation, and flight dynamics, flight controls and handling qualities of various rotorcraft configurations.  He recently led a project called DELIVER (Design Environment to Novel Vertical Lift Vehicles) that investigated the used of conceptual design and sizing tools applied to new eVTOL designs with application to urban air taxi and package delivery type vehicles. He has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and a PhD from the University of Maryland.

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Aerodynamic Modeling for Urban Air Mobility

NASA AMES

Patricia Ventura-Diaz

Patricia Ventura-Diaz

Patricia is an aerospace engineer in the Computational Physics Branch working with Science & Technology Corporation at NASA Ames Research Center.  Her research focuses on geometry modeling and high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics of eVTOL aircraft for Urban Air Mobility.  She has an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from SUPAERO in Toulouse, France.

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Flight Test Results for Mission-Adaptive Autonomy

US Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center

Matthew Whalley

Matthew Whalley

Matt has been a researcher with the U.S. Army since 1984. He has conducted rotorcraft research in the areas of flight control, handling qualities, sidestick controllers, air-to-air combat, partial-authority flight control, and autonomy. Since 2000 he has led the Autonomous Rotorcraft Project which has developed and flight tested autonomous technologies including 3D obstacle field navigation, off-field landing site selection, sling load operations, intelligent agents, mission adaptive autonomy, and dual lift. He has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from CalPoly San Luis Obispo, and a MS in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University.

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