Aircraft model-independent airspeed estimation without pitot tube measurements

Matthew B. Rhudy, Mario L. Fravolini, Yu Gu, Marcello R. Napolitano, Srikanth Gururajan, Haiyang Chao

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This paper presents a novel analytical redundancy approach for pitot tube failure accommodation using nonlinear Kalman filtering. This approach utilizes information from other sensors that are commonly implemented on aircraft in order to obtain an estimate of the airspeed which is independent from the pitot tube(s). This method was demonstrated to be independent of the aircraft model by providing experimental estimation results from two different unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research platforms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7272846
Pages (from-to)1980-1995
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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