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Aerospace 2018, 5(4), 113; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace5040113

Experimental Control of Two Connected Fixed Wing Aircraft

School of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688, USA
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Received: 23 August 2018 / Revised: 19 October 2018 / Accepted: 24 October 2018 / Published: 28 October 2018
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This paper investigates the design and flight test of two fixed wing aircraft connected at the wing tips. Connecting multiple aircraft introduces flexible modes into a typically rigid body system. These flexible modes make manual control of the entire system extremely difficult if not impossible. An autopilot system that seeks to keep this aircraft system wings level and a constant pitch angle is investigated here. The autopilot system is shown to work in an example simulation for a two body aircraft connected at the wing tips. An experimental aircraft system is also designed, built and flown with reasonable success proving the implementation of said controller on a real system. View Full-Text
Keywords: controllability; multi-body; dynamics; reconfigurable; simulation; robotics; mobile; modular; adaptation controllability; multi-body; dynamics; reconfigurable; simulation; robotics; mobile; modular; adaptation
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Carithers, C.; Montalvo, C. Experimental Control of Two Connected Fixed Wing Aircraft. Aerospace 2018, 5, 113.

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