Digital flight control design for a tandem-rotor helicopter

Robert Frank Stengel, John R. Broussard, Paul W. Berry

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Methods and results in the continuing development of a digital flight control system (DFCS) for a CH-47B helicopter are presented. The helicopter is the research vehicle for the NASA VTOL Approach and Landing Technology (VALT) Program, and it equipped with comprehensive equipment for the investigation of navigation, guidance, and control requirements for future VTOL aircraft. Two control modes (attitude-command and velocity-command) are implemented, and each mode provides 'Type 1' response to guidance commands. DFCS design is based upon optimal estimation and control methods, which are found to provide flexible and efficient means for defining practical digital control systems.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)301-312
Number of pages12
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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