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Aeroelastic Modeling Effects and Flight Test Demonstration of Resilient Adaptive Flight Controls on a General Aviation Wichita State University/NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

In this project, Wichita State University and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation are investigating resilient aircraft flight control systems that adapt to unanticipated failures occurring during flight. Wichita State University’s unique role has been to investigate applying this DOD and NASA technology to general aviation. The investigators of this project have, in prior work, demonstrated the usefulness to general aviation of adaptive flight control methods developed by Calise (dynamic inverse) and by Ferrari and Stengel and Balakrishnan (adaptive critic) through theoretical studies, MATLAB and piloted simulation. Yet, Calise’s dynamic inverse flight control methods have only recently been tested in flight in any form on any aircraft – NASAAmes with promising success on an F-15 in 2006-2007 and a partial test by Wichita State University in early 2007. This project significantly expands the general aviation research into a full flight test demonstration of Calise’s methods on the Hawker Beechcraft Corporation CJ-144 NASA SATS fly-by-wire testbed, and an exploration of the real-time capabilities of Balakrishnan’s adaptive critic methods. This project addresses the following topics in the Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control project of the NASA Aviation Safety Program within the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate; IRAC-1.1: Adaptive Control Methods and IRAC-1.5: Flight Validation of Metrics-Driven Adaptive Control, and an additional task 6) addresses VSST1-8 project topic: Integrated Flight Safety Assurance under Multiple LOC Precursor Conditions.

Goodflight, LLC, Georg Schirmer CEO and AE MS and PhD student who was associated with this project in a general way, won $14,000 in startup funding from the WSU Ventures “Shock Tank” new ventures competition for his pilot training ios and android app development and commercialization.

Wichita State doctoral graduate Georg Schirmer shows student Kiran Rajaram a flight-tracking application for smartphones called “CFItrack.”

Dr. Nhan Nguyen, NASA Technical Monitor, Ames Research Center

Dr. James Edward Steck, Science PI, Wichita State University NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15



EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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