Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Seminar

16 March 2015, 6.00 PM - 16 March 2015, 7.00 PM

Dr Masayuki Sato, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency

Pugsley Lecture Theatre (PLT), Queen's Building

Title: JAXA Flight Experimental Aircraft MuPal-α : capabilities and flight control testing

Abstract: The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has developed an experimental aircraft named, "Multi-Purpose Aviation Laboratory-α (MuPAL-α)". The MuPAL-α is based on the Dornier Do228-200 and serves as an experimental facility for advanced guidance and control techniques and various research on human factors. Among its experimental equipment it has a Fly-By-Wire (FBW) system and a Direct Lift Control (DLC) system to realize variable stability and response capabilities helping to emulate different types of aircraft. A brief talk on MuPAL-α will be first given followed by experimental flight results pertaining classical and advanced model-matching control methodologies. Among the tested controllers this talk will focus on: [1] Linear Time Invariant (LTI) controllers with optimal performance with respect to the model-following under uncertainties, modeling errors and disturbances; [2] LTI feedback and feedforward, and a [3] Linear Parameter-Varying (LPV) controller scheduled on airspeed. A comparison of the methods is given based on the simulation and flight test results.

*Refreshments will be available in the PLT Foyer once the seminar has concluded*

Contact information

This seminar is free and all UoB staff and students are welcome to attend, no booking required. For further information contact Miss Emma Smith - e.smith@bristol.ac.uk

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