Date of Award

6-2012

Degree Name

MS in Aerospace Engineering

Department

Aerospace Engineering

Advisor

Eric Mehiel

Abstract

This paper presents a flying qualities built-in-test for UAS application with the scope limited to the longitudinal axis. A doublet input waveform excites the AV and both α and q are used by EUDKF to estimate the A and B matrices which are short period approximations of the system. ζ, ω, GM, PM, observability, and controllability are calculated to determine flying qualities with the results displayed to the AVO in a color-coded, easy to interpret display.

While SID algorithms have been flying in vehicles with adaptive control schemes, vehicles with other schemes (such as classical feedback) lack this built-in self assessment tool. In addition, adaptive control SID results are not analyzed and displayed but instead used internally. This work intends to extend this self-assessment option to all UASs regardless of control scheme as a “plug-and-play” add-on by building a reliable and robust tool that requires little tuning.