Formation Flight

Instrumentation System


Professor Jason L. Speyer
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

University of California – Los Angeles



A joint project between NASA Dryden, Boeing, and UCLA is described.  The objective is to fly aircraft in a special formation to reduce drag.  UCLA's development of a highly accurate, reliable instrumentation system to measure relative position, velocity, and attitude is presented in terms of the instruments, computer architecture, and estimation algorithms.  A project goal is to use carrier phase differential GPS measurements fused with inertial measurements to produce relative position estimates with RMS errors of a few centermeters.


Friday, October 12, 2001

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

1500 EECS