• Development and Testing of a Steerable Cruciform Parachute System 

    Herrington, Shawn Malachy (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This thesis focuses on the development of a parachute payload system which is capable of precision aerial delivery yet only represents a modest cost increase over ballistic unguided systems. In order to develop such a ...
  • Extended Range Tactical Resupply Using Tailless UAV 

    Kraft, Tyler E. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    An alternative approach for precision aerial delivery utilizing a flying wing for controllable forward glide is presented. Although effective, current delivery methods either display a lack of control, or require close ...
  • Overcoming the Challenges of Using Unmanned Aircraft for Bridge Inspections 

    Hernandez, Ignacio (2016)
    Applications for small unmanned aerial vehicles have exploded over the past decade. Small size, maneuverability, low cost, and versatility enable utilization for applications not readily accessible by traditional manned ...
  • Simulation and Experimental Testing of Additively Manufactured Strain Gauges 

    Gooding, Jesse (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Additive manufacturing has seen a rapid increase as a method of fabricating both design phase prototypes and end-user products. The increase in development of the technology has driven the development of new products such ...
  • Strain Gauge Utilization for Aerial Vehicle Dynamic Load Measurement 

    Bazin, John (2016)
    The strain gauge is a commonly used tool for dynamic load and strain measurement of a system. The work presented in this thesis describes the development and evaluation of strain gauges applied to both an aerodynamic ...