Smart Adaptive Flight Effective Cue (SAFE-Cue)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,945.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CC02P
Award Id:
95263
Agency Tracking Number:
094765
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
A1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
13766 South Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA, 90250
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
028281020
Principal Investigator:
David Klyde
Principal Investigator
(310) 679-2281
dklyde@systemstech.com
Business Contact:
Thi Hagenbuechle
Business Official
(310) 679-2281
exec@systemstech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
As a means to enhance aviation safety, numerous adaptive control techniques have been developed to maintain aircraft stability and safety of flight in the presence of failures or damage. The techniques apply a wide array of adaptations from simple gain scheduling to on-line learning algorithms. While the ready availability of low cost, reduced scale UAV systems have allowed for many successful flight test demonstrations, applications to piloted aircraft have been more limited. Flight evaluations of various adaptive control applications conducted by NASA and others have shown great promise. In some cases; however, unfavorable pilot-vehicle interactions including pilot-induced oscillations have occurred. Susceptibility to such interactions is more likely when the pilot interacts with a highly nonlinear vehicle that may no longer have predictable response characteristics. To alleviate these unfavorable interactions, Systems Technology, Inc. (STI) proposes the Smart Adaptive Flight Effective Cue or SAFE-Cue that will provide cues to the pilot via an active control inceptor with corresponding command path gain adjustments. The SAFE-Cue will alert the pilot that the adaptive control system is active and provide guidance through a force feedback cue and command attenuation via a command path gain adjustment as a means to retain pilot-vehicle system stability and performance.

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