Flight testing a UAV in simulated controlled airspace

Samuel Y. Kim, Atray C. Dixit, Gabriel Savit, Jaiye Falusi, Robert F. Stengel

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


Novel airspace systems that integrate the latest technology advancements must be tested before widespread adoption. Despite the growing sophistication of simulation software, new systems must be practically tested before implementation. To facilitate the rapid prototyping of such architectures we present the flight test results of a low cost, small scale, modular airspace design. We incorporate flight data processing and control logic into an onboard iPhone 4 in small UAV aircraft. The iPhone 4 performs guidance, navigation, and control, while receiving desired trajectory information from a ground based laptop. We integrate these aircraft into a simulated air traffic environment and demonstrate automated two-way communications between aircraft and ground control tower. We present results of successful straight and level flight and trajectory tracking for a single aircraft.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference
StatePublished - 2013
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2013Aug 22 2013

Publication series

NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference


OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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