Path Planning to Improve Reachability in a Forced Landing

Shusuke Izuta, Masaki Takahashi

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Abstract

This paper proposes a novel path planning method for improving the feasibility of a forced landing. When an aircraft completely loses its thrust, the only measure it can take is to make a forced landing at an adjacent airport as soon as possible. In such a situation, the flight path to the landing point must be safe and viable. This paper details a method which enables safer and easier landing by transferring the benefits of excess altitude to the final approach length. Moreover, by planning the descent angle of final approach to be in the middle of a non-spoiler and a full-spoiler glide angle, this method enables a change in descent angle to correct any tracking errors, without using thrust. To verify the effectiveness of the proposed method, six degrees-of-freedom nonlinear simulations were performed and the results are compared with comparable methods. From the simulation results, it was confirmed that the proposed method could plan a safe path in a sufficiently short time and the aircraft could reach the landing point safely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems: Theory and Applications
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016 Oct 20

Keywords

  • Aircraft
  • Forced landing
  • Gliding
  • Path planning
  • Reachability Analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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