12 June 2008 @ 7:59Autonomous damage tolerance
Rockwell Collins successfully demonstrates technology for controlling and landing damaged aircraft.
During the first flight test, nearly half of the airplane’s right wing was ejected to simulate battle damage and in-flight failure. During the second flight, almost 60 percent of the airplane’s right wing was ejected. Upon ejecting the wing section during both flights, Rockwell Collins’ Automatic Supervisory Adaptive Control (ASAC) technology reacted to the airplane’s new vehicle configuration, automatically regained baseline performance, continued to fly the plane, and then autonomously landed it using internal Inertial Navigation System/Global Positioning System (INS/GPS) reference only. (#)