Accession Number:

ADA557014

Title:

Biology-Inspired Autonomous Control

Descriptive Note:

Technical memo, 1 Oct 2007-31 May 2011

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EGLIN AFB FL MUNITIONS DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-08-31

Pagination or Media Count:

83.0

Abstract:

The goal of this project was to motivate development of control concepts for autonomous weapons that overcome limitations of conventional approaches by applying principles derived from studying the biology of flying organisms. The research was focused on understanding the mechanisms of biological flight through collaboration with various experimental biology academic research laboratories around the world. The research focus addressed two broad, complementary research areas autonomous systems concepts inspired by the behavior and neurobiology associated with spatial orientation, target pursuit and navigation in insects, birds and bats and agile autonomous flight inspired by the biomechanics, aerodynamics, sensing and neurobiology of flapping flight. Technical papers produced during this project, included in the appendices, highlight promising new research directions associated with development of autonomous aerial systems for weapon and other Air Force applications.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Biology
  • Bionics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE