Christopher Kitts

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In recent years, an increased effort to design, build, and operate small satellites has taken place in universities and laboratories all over the world. These micro-satellites (or nano-satellites) provide numerous flight opportunities for science experiments at a fraction of the cost of larger traditional missions. In addition, there has been an increasing(More)
The tasks of entrapping/escorting and patrolling around an autonomous target are presented making use of the multi-robot cluster space control approach. The cluster space control technique promotes simplified specification and monitoring of the motion of mobile multi-robot systems of limited size. Previous work has established the conceptual foundation of(More)
The cluster space control technique promotes simplified specification and monitoring of the motion of mobile multi-robot systems of limited size. Previous work has established the conceptual foundation of this approach and has experimentally verified and validated its use for two diverse 2- robot systems and with varying implementations ranging from(More)
As the cost of operations comes under greater scrutiny, the use of automated systems is receiving greater attention. A vital aspect of on-board automation is the manner in which system knowledge and operational procedures are represented. Production rules are a commonly-implemented method. They possess the advantage of coherent, logical formulation of(More)
Multi-robot systems have the potential to improve application-specific performance by offering redundancy, increased coverage and throughput, flexible reconfiguration, and/or spatially diverse functionality (Kitts & Egerstedt, 2008). For mobile systems, a driving consideration is the method by which the motions of the individual vehicles are coordinated.(More)
Santa Clara University's Robotic Systems Laboratory conducts an aggressive robotic development and operations program in which interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students build and deploy a wide range of robotic systems, ranging from underwater vehicles to spacecraft. These year-long projects expose students to the breadth of and interdependence among(More)
1 0-7803-8155-6/04/$17.00© 2004 IEEE 2 IEEEAC paper #1357, Version 5, Updated December 12, 2003 Abstract—This paper addresses the problem of guiding a number of ground vehicles from some initial location to a specified destination, while avoiding obstacles in an unmapped field and maintaining formation relative to each other. Potential applications for(More)
We report the first telemetered spaceflight science results from the orbiting Space Environment Survivability of Living Organisms (SESLO) experiment, executed by one of the two 10 cm cube-format payloads aboard the 5.5 kg Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses (O/OREOS) free-flying nanosatellite. The O/OREOS spacecraft was launched successfully to a(More)