Active Control Technology Experience with the Space Shuttle in the Landing Regime
- Powers, B. G.
- Oct 1, 1984.
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- 1 electronic document
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- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available.
- The shuttle program took on the challenge of providing a manual landing capability for an operational vehicle returning from orbit. Some complex challenges were encountered in developing the longitudinal flying qualities required to land the orbiter manually in an operational environmental. Approach and landing test flights indicated a tendency for pilot-induced oscillation near landing. Changes in the operational procedures reduced the difficulty of the landing task, and an adaptive stick filter was incorporated to reduce the severity of any pilot-induced oscillatory motions. Fixed-base, moving-base, and in-flight simulations were used for the evaluations, and in general, flight simulation was the only reliable means of assessing the low-speed longitudinal flying qualities problems. Overall, the orbiter control system and operational procedures have produced a good capability for routinely performing precise landings in a large, unpowered vehicle with a low lift-to-drag ratio.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19850001764., Accession ID: 85N10071., NAS 1.15:85910., H-1260., NASA-TM-85910., and AGARD Flight Mech. Panel Symp. on Active Control Systems; 15-18 Oct. 1984; Toronto; Canada.
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