Accession Number N20120014564
Title Subscale Flight Testing for Aircraft Loss of Control: Accomplishments and Future Directions.
Publication Date Aug 2012
Media Count 13p
Personal Author D. E. Cox K. Cunningham T. L. Jordan
Abstract Subscale flight-testing provides a means to validate both dynamic models and mitigation technologies in the high-risk flight conditions associated with aircraft loss of control. The Airborne Subscale Transport Aircraft Research (AirSTAR) facility was designed to be a flexible and efficient research facility to address this type of flight-testing. Over the last several years (2009-2011) it has been used to perform 58 research flights with an unmanned, remotely-piloted, dynamically-scaled airplane. This paper will present an overview of the facility and its architecture and summarize the experimental data collected. All flights to date have been conducted within visual range of a safety observer. Current plans for the facility include expanding the test volume to altitudes and distances well beyond visual range. The architecture and instrumentation changes associated with this upgrade will also be presented.
Keywords Aircraft control
Aircraft safety
Algorithms
Avionics
Display devices
Flight conditions
Flight tests
Global positioning system
Pilotless aircraft
Research facilities
Scale models
Systems health monitoring
Transport aircraft


 
Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 51C - Aircraft
85A - Air Transportation
Corporate Author National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, VA. Langley Research Center.
Document Type Conference proceedings
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1308
Contract Number N/A

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