Development and Flight Test of an Experimental Maneuver Autopilot for a Highly Maneuverable Aircraft
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION EDWARDS AFB CA DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER
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This report presents the development of an experimental flight test maneuver autopilot FTMAP for a highly maneuverable aircraft. The essence of this technique is the application of an autopilot to provide precise control during required flight test maneuvers. This newly developed flight test technique is being applied at the Dryden Flight Research Facility of NASA Ames Research Center. The FTMAP is designed to increase the quantity and quality of data obtained in flight test. The technique was developed and demonstrated on the highly maneuverable aircraft technology HiMAT vehicle. This report describes the HiMAT vehicle systems, maneuver requirements, FTMAP development process, and flight results.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Flight Control and Instrumentation