Integration of an autopilot for a micro air vehicle

George Platanitis, Sergey Shkarayev

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Abstract

The integration of a commercially available autopilot, the MicroPilot MP2028g, is investigated for a 30-inch Zagi airframe. Analytical methods, including the Advanced Aircraft Analysis software from DARCorp, were used to determine the stability and control derivatives, and then validated through wind tunnel experiments. From this data, the linear, perturbed model about steady-state flight conditions was cast and transfer functions for the control and navigation systems were developed. Feedback control laws based on Proportional, Integral, and Derivative (PID) control design were developed to control the aircraft which may then be programmed into the autopilot. Flight tests were performed in remote control mode to evaluate handling, adjust trim, and test data logging for the Zagi with integrated MP2028g. Ground testing was performed to test GPS acquisition, data logging, and control response in autonomous mode. Technical difficulties and integration limitations with the autopilot prevented Fully autonomous flight from taking place, but the integration methodologies are, in general, applicable for unmanned air vehicles that use a PID control based autopilot.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
Pages1428-1446
Number of pages19
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventInfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Sep 26 2005Sep 29 2005

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
Volume3

Other

OtherInfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, VA
Period9/26/059/29/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Platanitis, G., & Shkarayev, S. (2005). Integration of an autopilot for a micro air vehicle. In Collection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration (pp. 1428-1446). (Collection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration; Vol. 3).