Stability and Control of Mini-Remote Piloted Research Vehicles.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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Methods for the determination of the stability derivatives of small less than 200 pounds remotely piloted research vehicles mini-RPRVs were developed and tested. A 33 pound canard configured mini-RPRV with twin pusher engines was designed, built, and test flown. A computer program was developed based on static stability and control theory. This program is sufficient to calculate the static stability and control derivatives of mini-RPRVs. Wind tunnel tests were performed on the twin engine RPRV to determine the non-linear pitching moment curves. A vortex latice computer program FLEXSTAB developed by the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company was used to determine the static and dynamic stability derivatives. This program was also used to determine the dynamic modes of the aircraft.
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