Mobile ground control station development for fault tolerant UAV research

Matteo Guerra, Matthew Rhudy, Yu Gu, Brad Seanor, Marcello R. Napolitano

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4 Scopus citations

Abstract

The Flight Control System Laboratory at West Virginia University is actively engaged with the development, flight testing, and research of unmanned aerial vehicles. Multiple research topics are approached: aircraft modeling and design, sensor fusion, fault tolerant multi-sensor fusion, control strategy formulation, and testing for fault tolerant flight. This paper presents the new addition of a ground control system which is able to communicate with the onboard flight control system in real time. This system is capable of modifying the flight conditions and the control actions. A research pilot can fly the aircraft through the ground control station taking advantage of a synthetic view with Heads-Up Display containing downlink information from the aircraft showing all parameters of interest. A detailed hardware and software description is provided along with the current testbed capabilities. Testing procedures and results are presented followed by a discussion of future testing and research plans. The Flight Control System Laboratory at West Virginia University is actively engaged with the development, flight testing, and research of unmanned aerial vehicles. Multiple research topics are approached: aircraft modeling and design, sensor fusion, fault tolerant multi-sensor fusion, control strategy formulation, and testing for fault tolerant flight. This paper presents the new addition of a ground control system which is able to communicate with the onboard flight control system in real time. This system is capable of modifying the flight conditions and the control actions. A research pilot can fly the aircraft through the ground control station taking advantage of a synthetic view with Heads-Up Display containing downlink information from the aircraft showing all parameters of interest. A detailed hardware and software description is provided along with the current testbed capabilities. Testing procedures and results are presented followed by a discussion of future testing and research plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012
StatePublished - 2012
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Aug 13 2012Aug 16 2012

Publication series

NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period8/13/128/16/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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