Formation flight system design concept

  title={Formation flight system design concept},
  author={Charles Richardson and M. B. Schoultz},
  journal={IEEE/AIAA 10th Digital Avionics Systems Conference},
IBM recently completed a baseline design study for a formation flight system to be used for rendezvous, join-up, and formation flight of US Air Force helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. The baseline system uses a Global Positioning System/inertial navigation system (GP/INS) relative navigation concept with backup data link range measurement as the basis of the precise position location for all aircraft both within the formation and among the separate formations. Part of the study included… 

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