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Auto-Takeoff Test

The ability of the autopilot to carry out auto-takeoff is tested.

  • 1. On each occasion, the autopilot start-up mode should be completed with all control surfaces deflecting and autopilot control initialized (check on first flight and when subsequently powering on the UAV).
  • 2. GCS operator to set waypoints such that the aircraft will take off and climb out into wind.
  • 3. UAV pilot to perform manual takeoff along planned path to confirm correct handling of aircraft. Land.
  • 4. Aircraft to be taxied into the take-off position. Autopilot to control one channel as agreed between UAV pilot and GCS operator. Partially auto take-off and climb out followed by manual landing.
  • 5. If satisfied, this is to be repeated with the autopilot progressively being given more control in an order agreed between the UAV pilot and GCS operator.
  • 6. If satisfied, a fully auto-takeoff is to be completed followed by a manual landing.

Auto-Landing Test

The ability of the autopilot to carry out auto landing is tested.

  • 1. On each occasion, the autopilot start-up mode should be completed with all control surfaces deflecting and autopilot control initialized (check on first flight and when subsequently powering on the UAV).
  • 2. GCS operator to set waypoints such that aircraft will approach and land into wind.
  • 3. UAV pilot to perform manual takeoff and landing along planned path to confirm correct handling of aircraft.
  • 4. GCS operator to set landing script to perform a series of “simulated approaches,” whereby the aircraft will approach and flare at a specified altitude directly above the intended touchdown waypoint. UAV pilot to override control upon autopilot flare or sooner if aircraft deviates from the intended flight path. To be repeated as many times as necessary, with altitude being incrementally decreased as agreed by UAV pilot and GCS operator. On each occasion, check that the altitude control is suitably accurate. Completed successfully.
  • 5. Auto landing to be performed if satisfied. UAV pilot to take control upon touchdown, or sooner if aircraft deviates from the intended approach.
 
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