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Helicopter Formation Control Algorithm for Manned-Unmanned Teaming

Donkels, Alexander and Voigt, Andreas E. (2019) Helicopter Formation Control Algorithm for Manned-Unmanned Teaming. In: Vertical Flight Society Annual Forum 75. Vertical Flight Society 75th Annual Forum, 13.-16. Mai 2019, Philadelphia, USA.

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Abstract

Manned-Unmanned Teaming is a future key ability for military and civil use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to increase mission performance. One teaming aspect is the close flight of two helicopters within a shared airspace organized as a mixed formation. The close formation flight creates high crew workload due to maintaining the formation and avoiding collisions lowering the team mission performance. The work presented in this paper approaches this problem and introduces two different formation control strategies implemented as formation controllers to automate the UAS for the formation flight. These formation controllers are able to reduce crew workload, to increase flight safety, and enabled the first coupling of a manned and an unmanned helicopter in a close formation flight during a real flight test campaign. This paper presents, besides flight test results, the design and implementation of the formation strategies and highlights the process of their development, tuning, and testing within a simulation framework. The simulation framework was also used to find suitable safety constraints for the formation controllers and the flight test.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/127738/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Helicopter Formation Control Algorithm for Manned-Unmanned Teaming
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Donkels, Alexanderalexander.donkels (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Voigt, Andreas E.andreas.voigt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2019
Journal or Publication Title:Vertical Flight Society Annual Forum 75
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:MUM-T, formation, flight, Formation, helicopter, Hubschrauber, unbemannt, teaming, unmanned,
Event Title:Vertical Flight Society 75th Annual Forum
Event Location:Philadelphia, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:13.-16. Mai 2019
Organizer:Vertical Flight Society
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:rotorcraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L RR - Rotorcraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - The Smart Rotorcraft
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > Unmanned Aircraft
Deposited By: Donkels, Alexander
Deposited On:16 Sep 2019 15:45
Last Modified:16 Sep 2019 15:45

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