Fixed-Base and In-Flight Simulations of Longitudal and Lateral-Directional Handling Qualities for Piloted Re-Entry Vehicles

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Report Number: ASD TDR 61-362
Author(s): Kidd, Edwin A., Harper, Robert P., Jr.
Corporate Author(s): Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, Inc.
Laboratory: Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1964-02
Pages: 118
Contract: AF 33(616)-5823
DoD Project: 8219
DoD Task: 821905
Identifier: AD0434076

The results of a research investigation of longitudinal and lateral directional flying qualities for the re-entry mission are reported. The research program utilized primarily a high-fidelity fixed-base ground simulator with evaluations made by three pilots. One of the three pilots also made in-flight evaluations of longitudinal flying qualities in the same vehicle, a three-axis variable stability airplane flown with a two-axis side controller and conventional rudder pedals.The program results are reported and discussed. Control sensitivity evaluations were compared to center stick results of earlier work. The longitudinal flying qualities as evaluated both on the ground simulator and in flight are compared and related to earlier investigations. Pilot rating variability, both interpilot and intrapilot, are quantized and discussed for the ground and flight experiments. Performance measures are reported.

Provenance: Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control

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