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Shin-Ichiro Higashino Last modified date:2022.06.30

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Flight Dynamics Lab. .
Academic Degree
Dr. of Engineering
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Flight Dynamics
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Research Interests
  • Research and Development on Balloon Assisted High Altitude Gliding UAVs for the Observation of Aerosol in Antarctica
    keyword : UAV, Balloon, Aerosol, High Altitude
  • R&D on Long Range UAVs for Scientific Observation
    keyword : Scientific Observation, UAV, Long Range Flight
  • Automatic Landing Method using the Flat Spin of an UAV
    keyword : UAV, Flat Spin, Landing
  • Study on the Navigation Method for Mars Inflatable Parafoil UAV
    keyword : Navigation, Inflatable Parafoil, UAV, Mars
  • Effective Operation Method of Fukuoka Airport after Constructing the Second Runway
    keyword : Fukuoka Airport, Air Traffic Management, Dual Runway
  • Research on Autonomous Path Planning of a Single and Multiple UAVs
    keyword : Path Planning, Obstacle Avoidance, UAV, Multiple UAVs
  • Estimation of Aerodynamics Characteristics of an airplane Using Flight Test Data
    keyword : System Identification, Flight Testing
  • Development of a mathmatical model of PPG(Powered ParaGlider) and its UAV system
    keyword : PPG, UAV, dynamics, paraglider
  • Research and Development of an Fixed-Wing UAV and Its Basic Technologies
    keyword : UAV, UAS
Academic Activities
1. Shin-Ichiro Higashino, Minuru Funaki, Naohiko Hirasawa, Masahiko Hayashi, Shuji Nagasaki, Autonomous Control Systems and Vehicles - International Series on Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation:Science and Engineering, Springer, 2013.01.
1. Shin-Ichiro Higashino; Kota Nakama; Yuki Sumitomo, Experimental Study on the Application of Flat Spin to Vertical Landing of a Fixed-Wing Small UAV, Transactions of the JSASS / Aerospace Technology Japan, 10.2322/tastj.20.1, 20, 1, 1-9, 2022.01.
2. Development of Balloon-Assisted Gliding Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System for Atmospheric Observation and Spatiotemporal Aerosol Variations in Summer Troposphere over Syowa Station.
3. Shin-Ichiro Higashino, Kota Nakama, Vertical Landing of a Fixed-Wing UAV Using the Flat Spin, 31st Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, 2018.09.
4. Shin-Ichiro Higashino, Masahiko Hayashi, Shuji Nagasaki, Takuya Okada, Keiichi Ozuka, A Balloon-Assisted Gliding UAV for Stratospheric Aerosol Observation Using Two-Stage Separation Method in Antarctica
, 7th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology, 2015.11, The authors have developed a new aerosol observation and sample-return system using a balloon-assisted UAV for easy recovery of the observation apparatuses and samples. Although the balloon-assisted small UAV has reached and returned from the altitude of 10km in January 2013 in Antarctica, it is necessary to raise the observation altitude up to 30km from the standpoint of aerosol observation. However, it is difficult to estimate aerodynamic characteristics of such a small UAV in such region. In order to solve the problem, the authors devised the method named “two-stage separation method” in which we can choose the start altitude for gliding and estimating aerodynamic characteristics step by step by parachuting down the UAV until it reaches the start altitude for gliding after separated from the balloon. This paper shows the details of the method and the result of the flight performed in 2015 in Antarctica.
5. Shin-Ichiro Higashino, Masahiko Hayashi, Shuji Nagasaki, Shiina Umemoto, Motoki Nishimura, A balloon Assisted Gliding UAV for Aerosol Observation in Antarctica, Proceedings of the 2013 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology, 2013.11.
6. Shin-Ichiro Higashino, Minoru Funaki, Development and Flights of Ant-Plane UAVs for Aerial Filming and Geomagnetic Survey in Antarctica, Journal of Unmanned System Technologies, 1, 2, 37-42, 2013.09.
7. Higashino, S. and Takebayashi, T. , A Method for Real-Time Task Assignment and Path Planning for Multiple UAVs Considering Obstacle Avoidance, International Review of Aerospace Engineering, Vol.2, No.4, pp.175-184, 2009, 2009.09.
8. Higashino, S. and Maruyama, Y. , Flight Demonstration of Realtime Path Planning of an UAV using Evolutionary Computation and Rule-Based Hybrid Method, International Review of Aerospace Engineering, Vol.1, No.6, pp.529-353, December 2008, 2008.12.
9. Mitsutake, K. and Higashino. S., An A*-EC Hybrid Path Planning Method for Waypoints Traveling Problem Considering Terrain, AIAA Paper 2008-7133, AIAA-2008-7133, 2008.08.
10. Funaki, M., Hirasawa, N., Imura, S., Moriwaki, K., Nogi, Y., Ishizawa, K., Higashino, S., Murase, H., Sakanaka, S. and Sakai, H., Outline of a Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle(Ant-Plane) Designed for Antarctic Research
, Polar Science, Vol.2, Issue.2, pp129-142, 2008, 2008.05.
11. Shin-Ichiro Higasiho, Minoru Funaki, Naohiko Hirasawa, Development of Ant-Plane UAVs for Observation and Science Missions in Antarctica, AIAA paper 2007-2761, 2007.05.
Works, Software and Database
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1. Shin-Ichiro Higashino, Masahiko Hayashi, Shuji Nagasaki, Takuya Okada, Keiichi Ozuka, A Balloon-Assisted Gliding UAV for Stratospheric Aerosol Observation Using Two-Stage Separation Method in Antarctica, 7th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology, 2015.11.
Membership in Academic Society
  • Association for the Study of Failure
  • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
  • The Japan Society of Microgravity Association
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Educational Activities
Flight Dynamics I, II