Minimum complexity uninhabited air vehicle guidance and flight control system

Eric N. Johnson, Sébastien G. Fontaine, Aaron D. Kahn

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The availability of commercial single antenna GPS units at low cost and discontinuation of selective availability of the system has cased an increased interest in flying a stable fixed-wing aircraft using GPS alone. Utilizing such an inexpensive sensor, along with a relatively simple processor, a flight control and guidance system could be developed that would be so inexpensive as to be practically disposable even for some commercial applications. A flight control and guidance system that can operate on single antenna GPS measurements is also a candidate as an ultimate backup mode for any uninhabited air vehicle or piloted airplane given failures of sensors. In this paper, necessary hardware and software developments will be described, as well as particular solutions explored in a flight test program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3A41-3A49
JournalAIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference - Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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