Design and flight testing of digital direct side-force control laws

Scott L. Grunwald, Robert F. Stengelt

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Three-input/three-output command augmentation control laws have been designed and tested in flight using Princeton's Variable-Response Research Aircraft. Controllers were based upon algebraic model-following, a fast and efficient method of direct digital synthesis for advanced control modes. Pilot opinions of several command modes and controller-to-command pairings are presented in this paper. Flat turns, lateral translation, and roll control were investigated. Of the command modes tested, foot pedals-to-yaw rate, lateral stick-to-roll rate, and thumb lever-to-sideslip angle provided the best overall ratings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-193
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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