Project Summary: Biology-Inspired Autonomous Control
Interim rept. Oct 2009-Feb 2011
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EGLIN AFB FL MUNITIONS DIRECTORATE
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The goal of this project is to motivate development of control concepts for autonomous munitions that overcome limitations of conventional approaches by applying principles derived from studying the biology of flying organisms. The research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of biological flight through collaboration with various experimental biology academic research laboratories around the world. This exploration of biological flight includes behavior, vision and other sensory systems, flapping flight mechanics and aerodynamics, and flight control. The research focus addresses two board, interrelated research areas concepts for aeroelastic, propulsive flight inspired by the biomechanics, aerodynamics, sensing and neurobiology of flapping flight and wide field sensory-response inspired by the behavior and neurobiology of associated with spatial orientation, target pursuit and navigation in insects, birds and bats. With insight from these biology studies, the research seeks to motivate and develop new guidance and control concepts, theory, and methods for advanced munitions and micro air vehicle programs.
- Pilotless Aircraft