Discovering and Optimizing New NonLinear Flight Control Laws Through Genetic Programming

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$350,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
1996
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
26602
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Optimal Synthesis
908 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, CA, 94303
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 P. K. Menon, Ph.d.
 (415) 493-5567
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Abstract
Synthesis of radically new feedback guidance and control laws for high performance aircraft using genetic programming is proposed. Starting from an initial population of computer programs implementing familiar flight control laws, the proposed methodology employs the processes of natural selection and genetics to synthesize new populations of computer programs exhibiting improved degrees of fitness. Phase I research will involve the development of a flight control system and an intercept guidance system. Fitness criterion for flight control includes factors such as stability, robustness, tracking performance and flying qualities. Fitness criterion for guidance law consists of time-to-intercept, intantaneous acceleration magnitude and line-of-sight rate. The proposed method will produce directly implementable flight control computer code in ANSI C language.

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