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Thomas Lombaerts Gives Invited Plenary Talk at Airbus in Toulouse, France
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Thomas Lombaerts Gives Invited Plenary Talk at Airbus in Toulouse, France

Dr. Thomas Lombaerts was invited by Airbus to give a plenary talk at the final workshop of the European Union-funded cooperative research project REconfiguration of CONtrol in Flight for Integral Global Upset Recovery (RECONFIGURE) in Toulouse, France on June 1, 2016. The workshop involved demonstrations on Airbus’s Functional Engineering Simulator (FES) of newly developed technologies for fault detection and reconfiguration. These technologies are aimed to deal with specific scenarios, such as air data sensor failures (calibrated airspeed and/or angle of attack), ice accretion on wings, and control-surface malfunctions.

Along with Airbus, involved project partners were the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt: DLR, Germany), the French Aerospace Center (Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales: ONERA, France), the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, Netherlands), the University of Cambridge (UK), the University of Exeter (UK), the University of Bristol (UK), Elecnor Deimos (Spain), and the Institute for Computer Science and Control of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Sztaki, Hungary). Other plenary talks were given by Airbus, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and Elecnor Deimos.

Thomas Lombaerts presented the plenary talk on “Envelope Protection and Recovery Guidance for Upset Conditions”. The talk presented the highlights of research jointly performed by NASA Ames Research Center, DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, and TU Delft over the past five years, including successful simulator evaluations of new technologies on the Advanced Concepts Flight Simulator (ACFS) at NASA Ames, the Robotic Motion Simulator (RMS) at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, and the Simona Research Simulator at TU Delft.

BACKGROUND: Loss Of Control (LOC) in flight is the leading cause of fatal aircraft accidents. In a recent study of LOC accidents and incidents, the cooperative government-industry Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) recommended safety enhancements that include upset prevention and recovery. As a result, the Mode and Energy State Awareness (MESA) research team developed technologies that can predict the future state of the aircraft, assess this future state relative to a safe flight envelope, and provide appropriate alerting to improve energy-state awareness. These technologies were evaluated in the Advanced Concepts Flight Simulator (ACFS) at the NASA Ames Crew-Vehicle Systems Research Facility (CVSRF). Subsequent follow-on research on envelope protection and upset prevention was performed and evaluated in the Robotic Motion Simulator (RMS) at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, as well as the Simona Research Simulator at TU Delft. Current follow-on research at NASA Ames is focusing on upset recovery guidance, with a specific focus on stall recovery, which will include piloted evaluations in the Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) next year.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Technologies for Airplane State Awareness (TASA), Airspace Technology Demonstration (ATD), Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP), Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

TEAM: Diana Acosta (TI), Gordon Hardy (Aviation Systems Division: AF), John Kaneshige (TI), Thomas Lombaerts (TI), Avinash Madavan, Lynne Martin (Human Systems Integration Division: TH), Stefan Schuet (TI), Kimberlee Shish (TI), and Vahram Stepanyan (TI)

POINT OF CONTACT: Thomas Lombaerts,

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