Flight test results of autonomous fixed-wing UAV transitions to and from stationary hover

Eric N. Johnson, Michael A. Turbe, Allen D. Wu, Suresh K. Kannan, James C. Neidhoefer

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Abstract

Fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with the ability to hover have significant potential for applications in urban or other constrained environments where the combination of fast speed, endurance, and stable hovering flight can provide strategic advantages. This paper discusses the use of dynamic inversion with neural network adaptation to provide an adaptive controller capable of transitioning a fixed-wing UAV to and from hovering flight in a nearly stationary position. This approach allows utilization of the entire low speed flight envelope even beyond stall conditions. The method is applied to the GTEdge, an 8.75 foot wing span fixed-wing acrobatic UAV which has been fully instrumented for autonomous flight Results from actual flight test experiments of the system where the airplane transitions from high speed steady flight into a stationary hover and then back are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2006
Pages5144-5167
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2006
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2006 - Keystone, CO, United States
Duration: Aug 21 2006Aug 24 2006

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2006
Volume8

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2006
CountryUnited States
CityKeystone, CO
Period8/21/068/24/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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