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Use Of Real Time Flight Simulation In A Laboratory Course

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Innovations in the Aerospace Classroom

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8.1232.1 - 8.1232.10



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Shannon Twigg

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Session 2602

Use of Real Time Simulation in a Laboratory Course

Shannon Twigg Eric N. Johnson Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Institute of Technology Graduate Research Assistant Lockheed Martin Assistant Professor of Avionics Integration


Over the past few decades, computer simulations have become an important tool for flight control system design. Use of a simulation gives the engineer a safe, quick and convenient method for testing or designing new controllers. In the past several years, many colleges have begun using computer simulations in conjunction with teaching control design. At the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Aerospace Engineering, one of the senior level aerospace engineering laboratory courses, AE 4525, has developed three new experiments to utilize computer flight simulator technology. This allows the students to design and test various controllers using a high fidelity flight simulator; instead of studying only more idealized theoretical models.


V Total Velocity feet/second alpha (α) Angle of Attack radians beta (β) Sideslip Angle radians u x-component of velocity feet/second v y-component of velocity feet/second w z-component of velocity feet/second p Angular roll rate radians/second q Angular pitch rate radians/second r Angular yaw rate radians/second phi (φ) Roll angle radians theta (θ) Pitch angle radians psi (ψ) Yaw angle radians A State matrix B Input matrix x State vector

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Twigg, S., & Johnson, E. (2003, June), Use Of Real Time Flight Simulation In A Laboratory Course Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12099

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