Estimation of the Centre of Gravity of a Manoeuvring Aircraft using Kalman filters and the ADMIRE aircraft model

Andrew J. Stanley, Roger M. Goodall

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Previous work has shown that the centre of gravity (cg) of an aircraft can be estimated using a Kalman-Bucy filter. This paper will adopt a similar approach but use a non-linear aircraft model, and will demonstrate the estimation of the cg when the aircraft undergoes a series of manoeuvres. To cope with the non-linearities in the aircraft model the Kalman-Bucy filter coefficients for the pitching moment are modified when the aircraft manoeuvres. A number of examples are provided using the non-linear ADMIRE aircraft model, which is a complex model of a delta-canard military aircraft.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event5th IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems - Cambridge, United States
Duration: 13 Sep 201015 Sep 2010
Conference number: 5


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