A Gimbaled Platform for Micro Aerial Vehicle Autopilot Simulation and Calibration

Report No. ARL-TR-4755
Authors: Justin L. Shumaker; Kamal S. Ali; Lamarious Carter
Date/Pages: March 2009; 24 pages
Abstract: This report describes a 3-degrees-of-freedom gimbaled platform designed to be used as a hardware in the loop simulator. This platform is designed to aid in the calibration and synchronization of micro aerial vehicles autopilot components. This platform can also be used as a simulator allowing the autopilot to fly a computer model of the airframe. This allows for the quick and efficient verification of autopilot behavior with different airframes under various weather conditions within the lab.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: March 1, 2009