Is powering an ultra-high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle with a laser beam a practical possibility?
Jun 9, 2011
Richard Mason is an engineer at the RAND Corporation. His research spans a range of technology issues involving unmanned aircraft, spacecraft, cyber warfare, and advanced weapon systems. Between 2003 and 2007, he developed three autonomous robot ground vehicles for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Mason received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
E. Rimon, R. Mason, J.W. Burdick, and Y. Or, "A General Stance Stability Test Based on Stratified Morse Theory With Application to Quasi-Static Locomotion Planning," IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 24(3), 2008
Richard Mason et al., "The Golem Group / University of California at Los Angeles Autonomous Ground Vehicle in the DARPA Grand Challenge," Journal of Field Robotics, 23(8), 2006
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