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FLASH fly-by-light flight control demonstration results overview
Author(s): Don J. Halski
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Paper Abstract

The Fly-By-Light Advanced Systems Hardware (FLASH) program developed Fly-By-Light (FBL) and Power-By-Wire (PBW) technologies for military and commercial aircraft. FLASH consists of three tasks. Task 1 developed the fiber optic cable, connectors, testers and installation and maintenance procedures. Task 3 developed advanced smart, rotary thin wing and electro-hydrostatic (EHA) actuators. Task 2, which is the subject of this paper,l focused on integration of fiber optic sensors and data buses with cable plant components from Task 1 and actuators from Task 3 into centralized and distributed flight control systems. Both open loop and piloted hardware-in-the-loop demonstrations were conducted with centralized and distributed flight control architectures incorporating the AS-1773A optical bus, active hand controllers, optical sensors, optimal flight control laws in high speed 32-bit processors, and neural networks for EHA monitoring and fault diagnosis. This paper overviews the systems level testing conducted under the FLASH Flight Control task. Preliminary results are summarized. Companion papers provide additional information.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 1996
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2840, Fly-by-Light III, (14 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254228
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Don J. Halski, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2840:
Fly-by-Light III
Daniel B. Thompson; Robert J. Baumbick, Editor(s)

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