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Autonomous Path-Following for a Tilt-Wing, Distributed Electric Propulsion, Vertical Take-Off and Landing Unmanned Aerial System in Hover ModeThis paper presents an autonomous path-following control architecture for a tilt-wing, distributed electric propulsion, vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial system in hover mode and presents indoor flight test results. The test-bed vehicle is a subscale model with the same configuration as the NASA GL-10 aircraft. The control architecture consists of an inner-loop attitude controller, outer-loop trajec­tory controller, and a trajectory generation scheme. The flight test results show that the vehicle can satisfactorily follow a path prescribed by a list of waypoints around the indoor flight room.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Cooper, John R.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Ackerman, Kasey A.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Rothhaar, Paul M.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
November 29, 2018
Publication Date
November 1, 2018
Subject Category
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
Aircraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 664817.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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