U.S. Air Force awards SSCI contract to design adaptive flight control systems

January 22, 2009 by  

WOBURN, MA, January 22, 2009 – NASA today awarded Scientific Systems a Phase I SBIR contract to conduct research on adaptive flight control systems.  Expanding SSCI’s partnership with key providers of defense technology, additional technical expertise for this effort will be provided through Boeing Phantom Works and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Design of effective adaptive flight control systems capable of accommodating highly nonlinear vehicle dynamics and large uncertainties is fundamental to the future advancement of aircraft development and design. For most aerospace applications nonlinear dynamics and uncertainty can either be inherent to the airframe design or induced from flight sustained upsets, damage and/or external hazards. Hence the proposed technique will find wide applications in flight control design for both commercial and military aerospace vehicles. In addition, effective adaptive control designs are directly applicable to guidance, navigation and control (GNC) problems in space exploration.

Efficient adaptive control system designs are applicable to a wide variety of engineering systems including general Unmanned Systems (aerial, ground, surface, underwater), robotics, automotive industry, process control, and power systems.

Being funded to do this work moves Scientific Systems closer to its goal of enabling intelligent autonomy for unmanned systems by developing one aspect of the “brains and nervous system” necessary for intelligent autonomy.

Greg Moeller
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