Accession Number : ADP005954

Title :   A Comparison of Integrated and Separate Systems for Flight Control and Navigation,

Corporate Author : LITEF DER HELLIGE GMBH FREIBURG IM BREISGAU (GERMANY F R)

Personal Author(s) : Buitkamp, H.

Report Date : DEC 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Modern aircraft use signals from gyros and accelerometers, in various subsystems, among these flight control, attitude/heading and navigation systems. Utilisation of the same set of instruments for these three functions could be envisaged. This investigation discusses some possible steps leading to an integration of navigation and flight control functions into one system. Obvious advantages of such a system could be a decrease in weight, power consumption and volume. Emphasis of this paper is laid on technical feasibility and on possible development risks associated with the application involving inherently unstable aircraft. The main requirements for reliability, accuracy, and bandwidth of the sensor data differ according to whether the application is for navigation or for flight control. A study of these requirements forms a reasonable basis for the concept of an integrated system. NATO Furnished. (RH)

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, *INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, *NAVIGATION, ACCELEROMETERS, ACCURACY, AIRCRAFT, DETECTORS, ENERGY CONSUMPTION, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, FUNCTIONS, GYROSCOPES, INSTRUMENTATION, INTEGRATION, NATO, RELIABILITY, REQUIREMENTS, RISK, SIGNALS.

Subject Categories : Flight Control and Instrumentation
      Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE