Use of flight simulation to complement flight testing of low-cost UAVs

Eric N. Johnson, Sébastien Fontaine

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Abstract

The use of flight simulation tools to reduce the risk and required amount of flight testing for complex aerospace systems is a well recognized benefit of these tools. However, some special challenges arise when one attempts to extrapolate these benefits to very low-cost Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flight testing. These types of vehicles are characterized by a lack of payload capacity (and therefore limited in their capacity for additional flight test instrumentation or telemetry), limited baseline capabilities (processing, instrumentation, and telemetry), and by a lower marginal cost of added flight tests (less fuel, personnel, etc. is required per flight test, and a lower cost associated with a failure). In this paper, flight simulation architectures for system design and integration of low-cost UAVs are explored, and the development of a simulation tool for a low cost UAV described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
EventAIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit 2001 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Aug 6 2001Aug 9 2001

Publication series

NameAIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit

Other

OtherAIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit 2001
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period8/6/018/9/01

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation

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