Flight simulation for the development of an experimental UAV

Eric Johnson, Sumit Mishra

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Abstract

The use of flight simulation tools to reduce the schedule, risk, and required amount of flight testing for complex aerospace systems is a well-recognized benefit of these approaches. However, some special challenges arise when one attempts to obtain these benefits for the development and operation of an Experimental Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system. These types of UAV systems are characterized by the need for the need for continual checkout of experimental software and hardware. Also, flight-testing can be further leveraged by complementing research results with flight-test validated simulation results for the same experimental UAV. In this paper, flight simulation architectures for system design, integration, and operation of an experimental helicopter-based UAV, the GTMax, are explored, and the development of a simulation tool described. The chosen helicopter-based UAV platform (a Yamaha R-Max) is well instrumented: differential GPS, inertial measurement unit, sonar altimeter, radar altimeter, and a 3-axis magnetometer. One or two flight processors can be utilized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
EventAIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit 2002 - Monterey, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 5 2002Aug 8 2002

Other

OtherAIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit 2002
CountryUnited States
CityMonterey, CA
Period8/5/028/8/02

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Flight Simulation
Antennas
Radio altimeters
Helicopter
Simulation Tool
Helicopters
Testing
Sonar
Units of measurement
Radar
System Design
Magnetometers
Complex Systems
Schedule
Hardware
Global positioning system
Unit
Systems analysis
Software
Simulation

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation

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Johnson, E., & Mishra, S. (2002). Flight simulation for the development of an experimental UAV. In AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit
Johnson, Eric ; Mishra, Sumit. / Flight simulation for the development of an experimental UAV. AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit. 2002.
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