Christine M. Belcastro

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dynamically scaled unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and associated ground based control system are being developed to investigate dynamics modeling and control of large transport vehicles in upset conditions. The UAV is a 5.5% (seven foot wingspan), twin turbine, generic transport aircraft with a sophisticated instrumentation and telemetry package. A ground(More)
In a fault tolerant control (FTC) system, a parameter varying FTC law is reconfigured based on fault parameters estimated by fault detection and isolation (FDI) modules. FDI modules require some time to detect fault occurrences in aero-vehicle dynamics. In this paper, an FTC analysis framework is provided to calculate the upper bound of an induced-¢ ¡ norm(More)
This paper presents some of the unique verification, validation, and certification challenges that must be addressed during the development of adaptive system software for use in safety-critical aerospace applications. The paper first discusses the challenges imposed by the current regulatory guidelines for aviation software. Next, a number of individual(More)
This paper details the design and development of the Airborne Subscale Transport Aircraft Research (AirSTAR) test-bed at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). The aircraft is a 5.5% dynamically scaled, remotely piloted, twin-turbine, swept wing, Generic Transport Model (GTM) which will be used to provide an experimental flight test capability for research(More)
—Loss of control remains one of the largest contributors to fatal aircraft accidents worldwide. Aircraft loss-of-control accidents are complex, resulting from numerous causal and contributing factors acting alone or more often in combination. Hence, there is no single intervention strategy to prevent these accidents. This paper summarizes recent analysis(More)
Under extreme adverse flight conditions, such as extreme turbulence, the aircraft controller may send a large control command attempting to counter the resulting forces and moments on the vehicle. In doing so, it may cause the actuator to saturate and operate at its extreme limit. The sustained actuator saturation may cause a loss of control authority and(More)