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Preliminary design features of the RASCAL: A NASA /Army rotorcraft in-flight simulatorSalient design features of a new NASA/Army research rotorcraft - the Rotorcraft-Aircrew Systems Concepts Airborne Laboratory (RASCAL) - are described. Using a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter as a baseline vehicle, the RASCAL will be a flying laboratory capable of supporting the research requirements of major NASA and Army guidance, control, and display research programs. The paper describes the research facility requirements of these programs together with other critical constraints on the design of the research system, including safety-of-flight. Research program schedules demand a phased development approach, wherein specific research capability milestones are met and flight research projects are flown throughout the complete development cycle of the RASCAL. This development approach is summarized, and selected features of the research system are described. The research system includes a full-authority, programmable, fault-tolerant/fail-safe, fly-by-wire flight control system and a real-time obstacle detection and avoidance system which will generate low-altitude guidance commands to the pilot on a wide field-of-view, color helmet-mounted display.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Aiken, Edwin W.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Jacobsen, Robert A.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Eshow, Michelle M.
(Army Aviation Systems Command Moffett Field, CA., United States)
Hindson, William S.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Doane, Douglas H.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Piloting Vertical Flight Aircraft: A Conference on Flying Qualities and Human Factors
Subject Category
Research And Support Facilities (Air)
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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