Universal Automatic Landing System for Remote Piloted Vehicles.
Patent Application, filed 18 Apr 88,
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC
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An automatic landing system for landing remotely piloted flying vehicles along a predetermined path and at a predetermined point. The system includes an autopilot carried by the flying vehicle for measuring the parameters of attitude, airspeed, and heading and for comparing the measured parameters with the inputted parameters for the desired attitude, airspeed and heading. The autopilot adjusts the vehicle controls to make it conform to the desired attitude, airspeed and heading when deviations therefrom are detected. The system includes a radar transmitter and receiver means disposed on a stabilized double gimbal for measuring the actual heading and distance from the vehicle to the radar transmitter and receiver on a continuous basis. Control means a provided for receiving signals from the radar transmitter and receiver, computing actual and desired angles and altitude and for comparing the actual parameters with the desired parameters and for instructing the autopilot in overcoming any deviations detected therein.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Pilotless Aircraft