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UAV as a Reliable Wingman: A Flight Demonstration

Waydo, S. and Hauser, J. and Bailey, R. and Klavins, E. and Murray, R. M. (2007) UAV as a Reliable Wingman: A Flight Demonstration. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 15 (4). pp. 680-688. ISSN 1063-6536.

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In this brief, we present the results from a flight experiment demonstrating two significant advances in software enabled control: optimization-based control using real-time trajectory generation and logical programming environments for formal analysis of control software. Our demonstration platform consisted of a human-piloted F-15 jet flying together with an autonomous T-33 jet. We describe the behavior of the system in two scenarios. In the first, nominal state communications were present and the autonomous aircraft maintained formation as the human pilot flew maneuvers. In the second, we imposed the loss of high-rate communications and demonstrated an autonomous safe “lost wingman” procedure to increase separation and reacquire contact. The flight demonstration included both a nominal formation flight component and an execution of the lost wingman scenario.

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Additional Information:© Copyright 2007 IEEE. Reprinted with permission. Manuscript received May 1, 2006; revised January 16, 2007. Manuscript received in final form April 4, 2007. [Posted online: 2007-06-25] Recommended by Guest Editor A. Tsourdos. This work was supported by the DARPA SEC Program, F33615-98-C-3613. The work of S. Waydo was supported by a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship. The authors would like to thank B. Mendel and J. Rossen at the Boeing Company for their extensive help with the integration of our software with the Open Control Platform.
Subject Keywords:Aerospace control, command and control systems, cooperative systems, fault tolerance, formal languages, optimal control
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