The Flight Research Laboratory at Princeton University is engaged in an experimental program to investigate a variety of approaches to digital control by actual flight test. Experimentation is being conducted with Princeton's 6-DOF variable-response research aircraft (VRA), which is equipped for direct side-force control, direct-lift control, feedback of all motion variables, and multiple-pilot command modes. VRA avionics have been augmented by a microprocessor digital flight control system (Micro-DFCS), which uses off-the-shelf computer components capable of operating in parallel or in series with the existing variable-response system. The digital control laws operate in conjunction either with the “bare airframe” dynamics of the VRA or with the dynamics of a simulated aircraft, provided by the existing variable-response system. The initial flight control computer program CAS-1 provides three longitudinal control options: direct (unaugmented) command, pitch rate command, and normal acceleration command. The latter two options are “Type 0” systems designed by linear-quadratic control theory. Future Micro-DFCS software will provide a variety of increasingly complex control options, including “Type 1” logic, gain scheduling, coupled 3-axis control, and “CCV” command modes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems|
|State||Published - May 1979|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Aerospace Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering