Software enabled control experiments with university-operated unmanned aircraft

Eric N. Johnson, Daniel P. Schrage, George Vachtsevanos

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Abstract

On August 25, 2004, a series of flight experiments and demonstrations were flown at the McKenna urban operations complex at Ft. Benning, GA. These experiments represented the culmination of the rotary wing segment of the DARPA Software Enabled Control program. To support these efforts, an open system Unmanned Aerial Vehicle testbed architecture was developed for the GTMax and GTSpy university-operated research aircraft. This paper includes a description of these systems, and then discusses results from the final experiments. This includes: fault-tolerant flight control, adaptive flight control, fault detection and accommodation, reconfigurable control, trajectory generation, envelope protection, vision-aided inertial navigation, vision-based obstacle avoidance, and the first air-launching of a hovering aircraft.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
Pages500-508
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventInfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Sep 26 2005Sep 29 2005

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
Volume1

Other

OtherInfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, VA
Period9/26/059/29/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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    Johnson, E. N., Schrage, D. P., & Vachtsevanos, G. (2005). Software enabled control experiments with university-operated unmanned aircraft. In Collection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration (pp. 500-508). (Collection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration; Vol. 1).