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Development of a Dynamically Scaled Generic Transport Model Testbed for Flight Research ExperimentsThis paper details the design and development of the Airborne Subscale Transport Aircraft Research (AirSTAR) test-bed at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). The aircraft is a 5.5% dynamically scaled, remotely piloted, twin-turbine, swept wing, Generic Transport Model (GTM) which will be used to provide an experimental flight test capability for research experiments pertaining to dynamics modeling and control beyond the normal flight envelope. The unique design challenges arising from the dimensional, weight, dynamic (inertial), and actuator scaling requirements necessitated by the research community are described along with the specific telemetry and control issues associated with a remotely piloted subscale research aircraft. Development of the necessary operational infrastructure, including operational and safety procedures, test site identification, and research pilots is also discussed. The GTM is a unique vehicle that provides significant research capacity due to its scaling, data gathering, and control characteristics. By combining data from this testbed with full-scale flight and accident data, wind tunnel data, and simulation results, NASA will advance and validate control upset prevention and recovery technologies for transport aircraft, thereby reducing vehicle loss-of-control accidents resulting from adverse and upset conditions.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Jordan, Thomas
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Langford, William
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Belcastro, Christine
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Foster, John
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Shah, Gautam
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Howland, Gregory
(Lockheed Martin Corp. United States)
Kidd, Reggie
(Swales and Associates Beltsville, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2004
Subject Category
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
Meeting Information
Meeting: AUVSI''s Unmanned Systems North America 2004 Symposium and Exhibition
Location: Anaheim, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: August 3, 2004
End Date: August 5, 2004
Sponsors: Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Funding Number(s)
OTHER: 23-728-30-33
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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