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August 22, 2018

Congratulations to PhD Students Matteo De Petrillo and Cagri Kilic for being awarded Statler PhD Fellowships!

July 12, 2018

Congratulations to Shannen Daly for successfully defending her Master's Thesis. Shannen has accepted a full time

position at the Aerospace Corporation.

June 28, 2018

WVU Preview Video of the STF-1 3U CubeSat Launch!

June 13, 2018

WVU contributing to the development of a space economy

May 11, 2018

Congratulations to Ryan Watson for successfully defending his PhD proposal defense, making him a PhD candidate! Ryan will be spending the summer as an intern at Qualcomm.

April 19, 2018

Congratulations to Sean Lantto for defending his MSAE thesis "CubeSat Precise Orbit Determination using Duty-Cycled GNSS Observations". Sean has accepted a position as a systems engineer with Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, IA with their PNT group.

April 18, 2018

Congratulations to Jacob Hikes!  Jacob has been awarded a NASA WV Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Also, congratulations to Connor Kirk and Keelan Hendricks. Connor and Keelan will be joining the lab this summer as STEM-SURE Fellows.

April 12, 2018

Congratulations to the newly minted Dr. Victor Sivaneri.  Victor successfully defended his PhD dissertation "UGV-to-UAV Cooperative Ranging for Robust Navigation in GNSS-Challenged Environments". Dr. Sivaneri has accepted a position in the Sensors Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH.

January 22, 2018

Some members of SPACE will get to eat lunch with space shuttle astronaut Jerry Ross.

January 3, 2018

Live local radio interview on the "Gary Bowden Show", where I had the opportunity to discuss some of our ongoing research projects that involve drones and robotics.

December 27, 2017

WV State Journal feature article about our recent projects with drones and robots in GPS-denied environments.

December 7, 2017

The Navigation Lab has been awarded a new $300,000 grant, for the project's 2-year base-period, from the NGA "WVU research team to test effectiveness of drones, robots in underground tunnels"

September 29, 2017

Congrats to Ryan Watson! "Robust Navigation in GNSS Degraded Environments Using Graph Optimization", was awarded best presentation  in the Multisensor Navigation in Challenging Environments Session

July 10, 2017

Our team has been selected for a $750,000 grant from NASA to work on algorithms that will support increased levels of rover autonomy for a future Mars sample return mission.

Statler College News - WVU to develop software for future NASA Mars rovers, test 3-D printed foams on International Space Station

NASA Press Release - NASA Awards Grants for Research, Flight Opportunities to 22 Universities

June 29, 2017

Congratulations to Nathan Tehrani for successfully defending his master's thesis entitled "Characterization and Flight Test of a Multi-Antenna GNSS, Multi-Sensor Attitude Determination Algorithm."

June 20, 2017

Congratulations to Stephane D'Urso for successfully defending his master's thesis entitled "Analysis of Model-Aided Navigation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles."

May 18, 2017

Congratulations to Shannen Daly who will be participating in the NASA Space Flight Hardware Academy at the Marshall Spaceflight Center this summer.

May 15, 2017

Congratulations to Victor Sivaneri who is now a Ph.D. candidate, after successfully defending his dissertation proposal, passing his written qualifying exams and finishing his course work.

May 5, 2017

Congratulations to Michael Lee for being awarded a STEM-SURE summer fellowship. We look forward to him working in the group over the summer.

April 17, 2017

WV's first spacecraft, the STF-1 3U CubeSat, has been fully integrated by the NASA IV&V JSTAR/ITC team in conjunction with TMC2 technologies. The WVU NavLab will be investigating CubeSat precise orbit determination with duty-cycled GNSS data. Find out more about STF-1's development at the STF-1 Mission Website.

April 17, 2017

Congratulations to Shannen Daly and Sean Lantto for being awarded NASA West Virginia Space Grant Graduate research funding.

April 7, 2017

Dr. Gross has been named one of the WVU Statler College's Outstanding Teachers for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Statler College News - Teaching, advising and research awards announced

March 27, 2017

Congratulations to group members Sean Lantto, Ryan Watson and Victor Sivaneri for securing external summer internships at the Air Force Research Lab  at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

February 14, 2017

The abstract of our Institute of Navigation International Technical Meeting  article has been featured in the February, 2017 GPS World Magazine.

November 18, 2016

Congratulations to Jeremy Hardy for successfully defending is master's thesis entitled "Sensitivity Analysis of a Relative Navigation Solution for UAVs in a GNSS-Denied Environment."

November 10, 2016

Our team has been awarded an over $700,000 grant from the USDA's National Robotics Initiative (NRI) to develop a

robot for precision pollination.

WVUToday - From Mars to a greenhouse near you: WVU team transitions robot from rover to pollinator

September 6, 2016

Our team, led by the WVU Interactive Robotics Laboratory, won the NASA Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge.

Photo - $750,000 Check Presentation

WVUToday - Determined WVU students are first, and now only, winners of NASA robot competition

YouTube Video - WVU robotics wins NASA challenge

NASA Press Release - NASA Awards $750K in Sample Return Robot Challenge for Autonomous Technology

August 11, 2016

WVU Today - WVU team preps for upcoming Sample Return Robot Challenge

July 16, 2016

Jeremy Hardy's and Jared Strader's work on GNSS-Denied UAV Relative Navigation was featured in a review by GPS World Magazine.

GPS World Magazine - Navigation progress for indoors and UAVs

May 23, 2016

Dr. Gross will be presenting "Advances in GIPSY GNSS/IMU integrated positioning and application to UAVs," at the National Geodetic Survey's NOAA "Airborne Gravity for Geodesy Summer School" on May 26. 

Syllabus - 2016 Airborne Gravimetry for Geodesy Summer School

May 13, 2016

Congrats to Ryan Watson for successfully defending his master's thesis, "Precise Point Positioning Inertial Navigation Integration for Airborne Kinematic Platforms."

May 12, 2016

STF-1 CubeSat Mission featured in WVU Magazine, Spring 2016.

WVU Magazine - Meet STF-1

April 19, 2016

Congrats to Nathan Tehrani and Sean Lantto for winning NASA WV Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships. Tehrani will be implementing a multi-antenna GNSS, multi-sensor attitude estimation for balloon and UAV payloads, and Lantto will be working on CubeSat precise orbit determination using duty-cycled GPS carrier-phase data.

April, 19, 2016

Congratulations to Nick Ohi for being selected to WVU's Order of Augusta (WVU's highest undergraduate honor). Ohi led the flight software development for the STF-1 CubeSat's GPS experiment. 

WVUToday - WVU's top seniors honored with 2016 Order of Augusta, Outstanding Seniors award

April 19, 2016

Congrats to group members who've secured external summer internships. Ryan Watson will be spending eight weeks in the Near Earth Tracking Systems Group at NASA JPL in Pasadena, California. Jeremy Hardy will be working on GNC algorithms at Systems & Technology Research  in Woburn, Massachusetts. Tim Bear will be doing a NASA internship at MSFC.

April 14, 2016

Best Paper Award for the 2016 IEEE/ION PLANS Track B: Perception for Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems: "Cooperative Relative Localization for Moving UAVs with Single Link Range Measurements" (first author, Jared Strader).

ION Newsletter - Best Paper Awards (Page 5)

April 8, 2016

Dr. Gross has been named the 2016 "New Researcher of the Year" for the WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

WVUToday - WVU Statler College award winners announced

March 29, 2016

Congrats to freshman Keegan Mueller for being awarded a STEM-SURE Summer Research Position.

October 1, 2015

Dr. Gross has been awarded a WVU Big 12 Faculty Fellowship to visit the Radionavigation Lab at the University of Texas at Austin.

WVU Today - Seven additional WVU faculty members awarded Big 12 research grants

September 22, 2015

WVU engineering students honored for victory in NASA robotics competition on Capitol Hill.

WVUToday - WVU engineering students honored on Capitol Hill for historic victory in NASA robotics competition

June 12, 2015

WVU engineering students make history and bring home $100,000 award in NASA robotics competition.

WVUToday - WVU engineering students make history and bring home $100,000 award in NASA robotics competition

April 24, 2015

Congratulations to lab members Ryan Watson and Victor Sivaneri for winning NASA WV Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowships to continue their work. Congratulations to Nick Ohi, MAE senior, for winning a NASA WVSGC Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Ohi will be joining the lab over the summer to participate on the STF-1 CubeSat mission.

April 7, 2015

Dr. Gross wins National Geospatial Intelligence Agency New Investigator award for work that can help improve the accuracy and robustness of global positioning systems for fast-moving vehicles such as drones. 

WVUToday - WVU's Gross wins National Geospatial Intelligence Agency New Investigator award

February 14, 2015

Dr. Gross was selected to serve as an associate member of the AIAA's Guidance Navigation and Control Technical Committee. His three-year term will start May 2015.

January 28, 2015

The WVU Navigation Lab will be participating in the 3U Simulation-to-Flight-1 CubeSat Mission that is being led by NASA IV&V. The STF-1 mission was notified of their selection for launch as a secondary payload with the support of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative  program. For STF-1, PNG will be delivering the GPS instrument the associated flight software for the GPS payload, and will be seeking to advance the sate of the art for precise orbit determination of CubeSats. More information can be found at the NASA CSLI selections page and STF-1's project page.

WVUToday - WVU partners with NASA to launch state's first satellite into orbit