Development of ground taxiing control law for automatic landing fight experiment(ALFLEX)

Keita Goto, Yoshikazu Miyazawa, Masakazu Sagisaka

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Abstract

This paper discusses the development of a ground taxiing control law for Automatic Landing Flight Experiment, ALFLEX and introduces results from ground taxiing tests and flight tests. ALFLEX project is an experiment program conducted by National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan and National Space Development Agency of Japan in order to investigate the automatic landing technology for a future unmanned reentry space vehicle. The ALFLEX vehicle is dynamically similar sub-scale model of the planned Japanese H2 Orbiting Plane, HOPE. The automatic landing flight experiment program was conducted, and a series of tests were carried out successfully, at the Woomera Airfield, Australia in 1996. Before its first flight, some ground taxiing tests were conducted to determine vehicle characteristics in ground taxiing conditions. Ground taxiing tests were conducted under four conditions; the initial velocities 8.3, 13.8,19.4, and 25m/s. The steering characteristics derived from ground taxiing tests were different from those of a design model. But from the results of linear and non-linear analyses based on ground test results, it turned out that the ground-taxiing controller could keep the vehicle in a runway from touch down speed to zero speed with no modification. All flight test results supported that conclusion. This paper describes details of the ground taxiing controller, and the results of ground taxiing tests and flight tests.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2001
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit 2001 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Aug 6 2001Aug 9 2001

Publication series

NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit 2001
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period8/6/018/9/01

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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