Accession Number : ADD013789

Title :   Universal Automatic Landing System for Remote Piloted Vehicles.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application, filed 18 Apr 88,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : McIngvale, Pat H

Report Date : 18 Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : An automatic landing system for landing remotely piloted flying vehicles along a predetermined path and at a predetermined point. The system includes an autopilot carried by the flying vehicle for measuring the parameters of attitude, airspeed, and heading and for comparing the measured parameters with the inputted parameters for the desired attitude, airspeed and heading. The autopilot adjusts the vehicle controls to make it conform to the desired attitude, airspeed and heading when deviations therefrom are detected. The system includes a radar transmitter and receiver means disposed on a stabilized double gimbal for measuring the actual heading and distance from the vehicle to the radar transmitter and receiver on a continuous basis. Control means a provided for receiving signals from the radar transmitter and receiver, computing actual and desired angles and altitude and for comparing the actual parameters with the desired parameters and for instructing the autopilot in overcoming any deviations detected therein.

Descriptors :   *AUTOMATIC PILOTS, *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES, *PATENT APPLICATIONS, AIRSPEED, CONTROL, FLIGHT, GIMBALS, LANDING AIDS, RADAR TRANSMITTERS, STABILIZATION, VEHICLES

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Pilotless Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE