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Optimized Lift for Autonomous Formation Flight, Year 2

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Optimized Lift for Autonomous Formation Flight, Year 2
The Optimized Lift for Autonomous Formation Flight (OLAFF) technology project will apply peak-seeking control methods for finding the real-time optimization of lift distribution across an aircraft's trailing wing. The Optimized Lift for Autonomous Formation Flight (OLAFF) technology project will apply peak-seeking control methods for finding the real-time optimization of lift distribution across an aircraft's trailing wing. The work will be accomplished by performing CFD analysis to determine the total lift, drag (including trim drag effects) and moments for a range of control surface configurations, and by implementing a peak-seeking control algorithm to find (in real-time) the optimal trim solution, based on the results of the CFD analysis. The deliverables will be aero tables from the CFD work and peak-seeking Matlab scripts, as well as AIAA conference papers and a white paper describing the path to validation through flight research on a NASA test aircraft. More »

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