Unmanned Air Systems are increasingly prevalent in the defence and civil sectors and there is a desire to increase their eectiveness and versatility by adding the capability to perform air-to-air refuelling. Existing work on automated air-to-air refuelling focuses on leader/follower architectures, which do not fully exploit all available control authority. Developments in active drogue control make this premise equally applicable to probe-drogue and boom-receptacle refuelling. This paper presents a survey of control architectures which may be used to couple systems and improve capture eectiveness or operational envelope, then follows with an initial implementation of two architectures. A virtual structure method is applied to a boom-receptacle system, and a MIMO approach is trialled on a two-aircraft formation.
|Publication status||Published - 13 Aug 2012|
|Event||AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference - , United Kingdom|
Duration: 13 Aug 2012 → 16 Aug 2012
|Conference||AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference|
|Period||13/08/12 → 16/08/12|