Estimation of aircraft centre of gravity using Kalman filters

Andrew Stanley, Roger Goodall

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The centre of gravity (cg) of an aircraft is of fundamental importance to its stability, but it is difficult to measure precisely in-flight because it will vary as the aircraft manouevres and fuel is consumed and sloshes in its tanks. This paper describes the development of a longitudinal cg estimator using Kalman filters. Two examples are provided of the estimator. The first example uses a linear Phantom F4-C aircraft model in which an unexpected moment representing a cg change is injected into the aircraft and then estimated, and the second example uses a linearised version of a more comprehensive aircraft model, ADMIRE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 European Control Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783952417393
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event10th European Control Conference - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 23 Aug 200926 Aug 2009
Conference number: 10


Conference10th European Control Conference
Abbreviated titleECC 2009

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    Stanley, A., & Goodall, R. (2009). Estimation of aircraft centre of gravity using Kalman filters. In 2009 European Control Conference (pp. 1848-1853). [7074672] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc..