Welcome to Rotorcraft Systems Engineering & Simulation Center

RSESC is a multifaceted research center focused on applied research and on systems engineering techniques to enhance success for government, industry, commercial, and small business partners. Our expertise in the area of Autonomous Aerospace Research (A2R) reinforces proven, unparalleled capabilities in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS), Vertical Lift, Digital Transformation, Systems Integration & Testing, and uSOURCE (Student Support Staffing Programs).  Our Center is a member of the Federal Aviation Administration Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence supporting the integration of UAS in the National Airspace System, while working with the Department of Defense in robotic threats and counter autonomous solutions.

Our multi-disciplined team has decades of hardware and software experience including analysis, design, prototyping, fabrication, modeling, simulation, testing, and integration of complex engineered systems deployed in the air, space, ground and water.  We excel with projects from concept, through design, verification, prototyping, integration, deployment, retrofitting, and obsolescence/disposal. 

We are dedicated to excellence in developing tomorrow’s aerospace and autonomous engineering solutions today!


Conducting research on behalf of the aerospace community in Huntsville and in the nation, focusing on advanced solutions, systems engineering, systems integration and simulations.


The 5 Pillars of Our Research


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Uncrewed Aircraft Systems

Enabling UAS Innovation!

Vertical Lift

Advancing the Future of Vertical Lift!

Digital Transformation

A Partner for Digital Engineering!

Systems Integration & Testing

Innovative Solutions for Complex Engineering Challenges!


Training Tomorrow’s Workforce today!





Student Opportunities

We Appreciate Our Students! Our Center manages uSOURCE, a program providing local employers with part time student staffing. Qualified participants, both undergraduate and graduate students, work alongside researchers and engineers to obtain real-world experience while reinforcing their academic studies. 

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Our expertise in Autonomous Aerospace Research helps government, industry and students soar.

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