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Precision Autonomous Virtual Flight Control

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Rotorcraft Technology, Inc.
1330 Charleston Rd Mountain View, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Precision Autonomous Virtual Flight Control
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W900KK-12-C-0001
Award Amount: $779,975.00


Flight simulation provides a cost effective tool for testing aircraft systems. Testing avionics systems across a particular flight profile requires driving the simulation through the flight profile to generate the required simulated sensor data. Testing avionics systems with a human pilot is costly and it cannot provide precise repeatability, which is essential to evaluating the effect of mission parameters on aircraft survivability. However, a"virtual pilot"is capable of generating a repeatable control, which guarantees an identical flight every time. Development of a virtual pilot that can address a range of maneuvers and which can be adapted to various aircraft configurations is a demanding task. Most current methods are not feasible for use by application Test Engineers since those methods require manual tuning of the virtual pilot for each configuration and for each maneuver. Under this SBIR, ART proposes to develop a virtual pilot control generation tool that can accomplish the task effectively. The problems of accuracy, robustness, and efficiency will be addressed using the advanced inverse simulation technique, the mathematical optimization method, a feedback compensator, and parallel computing. A graphical user interface will be developed in order to facilitate the tool usage. The innovation involved is the integration of the diverse technologies of rotorcraft modeling, inverse simulation, and optimization into a unified tool that is efficient and effective in providing a repeatable control history to drive nonlinear rotorcraft models through user defined flight profiles.

Principal Investigator:

Chengjian He
Vice President of Researc
(408) 523-5100

Business Contact:

Donna Carrig
Vice President of Finance
(408) 523-5100
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Rotorcraft Technology, Inc.
635 Vaqueros Avenue Sunnyvale, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 942839639
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No