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

Period of Performance: 09/15/2000 - 09/14/2001


Phase 1 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 capabilities 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 advance the state-of-the-art in engineered flight systems by advancing along two distinct tracks. In the first, the parallelism that exists between direct adaptive control and an integrated approach to tracking and guidance will be exploited to develop a new technique termed direct adaptive guidance. In the second, experimental methods will be employed to characterize the tracking, guidance and control mechanisms of a male fly in pursuit, followed by the formulation of useful algorithms that emulate the fly's behavior mechanisms. The problem formulation in the engineered approach is expected to yield questions about the fly's behavior and mechanisms, and the answers to these questions are expected to in turn inspire both the direct adaptive guidance problem formulation and solution. In this way the team will seek to introduce insect neurobiology to produce superior tracking, guidance and control capabilities for agile autonomous flight systems. The phase I effort will provide evaluation of the developed approach in numerical simulation. The phase II program will offer further study in simulation followed by flight demonstration on a small agile unmanned aerial vehicle.