Biologically Inspired Biologically Inspired Direct Adaptive Guidance and Control for High-Bandwidth Flight Systems

Period of Performance: 01/10/2001 - 01/10/2002


Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Guided Systems Technologies, Inc.
1603 Zack Hinton Parkway South
McDonough, GA 30253
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Cornell University
426 Phillips Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Institution POC


The capability of biological flight systems to autonomously maneuver, track, and pursue evasive targets in a cluttered environment is vastly superior to current engineered systems. The proposed effort seeks to fully characterize the tracking, guidance and control functions of one such biological system (the male flesh fly in pursuit of the female), and to use the developed understanding to improve the design of engineered guidance and control systems for small autonomous air vesicles. The phase I effort produced demonstration of feasibility in three distinct areas: development and demonstration in simulation of a direct neural network adaptive guidance law for intercept; development and demonstration of experimental methods to capture and quantify the trajectories and orientation of the insects in pursuit/evasion scenarios; and further development and demonstration of practical image processing algorithms for implementation of the developed guidance system concepts. The proposed phase II program will extend and expand the work in these three areas to produce practical biologically-inspired tracking, guidance and control algoithms for comparison to traditionally engineered methods in both real-time hardware-in-the-loop simulation and flight test.