DID YOU KNOW? DTIC has over 3.5 million final reports on DoD funded research, development, test, and evaluation activities available to our registered users. Click HERE
to register or log in.
Design and Development of the Multifunction Flight Control Reference System,
AIR FORCE WRIGHT AERONAUTICAL LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
Reliability, redundancy, and survivability are key issues as integrated requirements for flight control, fire control, and propulsion control are developed. These integrated control systems require dependable sources of inertial measurement data. Current inertial sensors, however, are expensive to acquire and maintain, dedicated to specific systems, and are not designed to meet integrated control reliability, redundancy, and survivability requirements. The concept uses a minimum number of inertial sensors in a survivable configuration to provide inertial data for flight control, navigation, weapon delivery, cockpit displays, and sensor stabilization. Because of advantages in survivability, life cycle cost, size, and performance, the MFCRS program was initiated to verify, through flight test, the key issues of redundancy management and flight control. A key lesson learned is that integration of inertial data for fire control, flight control, and propulsion control will require close coupling and coordination between functional groups to resolve performance conflicts and compromises. Testing to data has not shown any basic flaws in the multifunction concept.
This article is from 'Integration of Fire Control, Flight Control and Propulsion Control Systems Conference Proceedings,' AD-A135 166, p12-1--p12-10.