Accession Number:

ADA364819

Title:

Closely Supervised Reactive Control of an Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

139.0

Abstract:

Closely Supervised Reactive Control is an alternative control method for uninhabited aerial vehicles that incorporates some of the benefits of both manual and autonomous operations. Utilizing an onboard camera, an operator can control a UAV by manually choosing desired targets. The flight path of the uninhabited vehicle is determined autonomously from the camera gimbal angles. The operator of the payload i.e. camera, has close supervision of the aircraft. The aircraft, using an onboard computer, is given autonomous control to alter flight path to fly towards a target and at a specified range, loiter over the target. In the basic mode of operation, the camera operator must manually track the target providing continuous updates to the camera angles. In an advanced mode of operation with the use of an INS or GPS, the aircraft autonomously determines the camera angles from a single locked position that the operator specifies. In this mode, the operator is free to look for other targets. This control method is being validated in the CAVE Automated Virtual Environment CAVE facility located at Wright Patterson AFB and owned and operated by Wright State University. The aircraft flight simulator used is FLSIM with the F-16 flight characteristics.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Air Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE