Neural Network Based Method for Estimating Helicopter Low Airspeed.
PATENT, FILED 22 OCT 97, PATENTED 30 May 99.
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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The invention is directed to a system, utilizing a neural network, for estimating helicopter airspeed in the low airspeed flight range of below about 50 knots using only fixed system parameters as inputs to the neural network. The method includes the steps of a defining input parameters derivable from variable state parameters generated during flight of the helicopter and measurable in a nonrotating reference frame associated with the helicopter b determining the input parameters and a corresponding helicopter airspeed at a plurality of light conditions representing a predetermined low airspeed flight domain of the helicopter c establishing a learned relationship between the determined input parameters and the corresponding helicopter airspeed wherein the relationship is represented by at least one nonlinear equation d storing the at least one nonlinear equation in a memory onboard the helicopter e measuring real time values of the variable state parameters during low airspeed flight of the helicopter f calculating real time values of the input parameters g storing the real time values of the input parameters in the memory h processing the real time values of the input parameters in accordance with the at least one nonlinear equation to determine real time airspeed and i displaying the real time airspeed.
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