UAV flight control using flow control actuators

Eric N. Johnson, Girish Chowdhary, Rajeev Chandramohan, Anthony J. Calise

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The use of active flow control devices that affect the flow field over the wing and tail planes sufficiently to create moments and forces that can be used for controlling the aircraft has attracted interest over the last decade. Using flow control actuators to control aircraft attitude have several potential benefits as compared to conventional control surfaces. These benefits are in reduced structural weight, lower power consumption, higher reliability and potentially faster response times. This paper presents preliminary flight test results and lessons learned concerning the use of flow control actuators for both open and closed loop control of the Dragon Eye UAV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference 2011
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781624101533
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference 2011 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Aug 8 2011Aug 11 2011

Publication series

NameAIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference 2011


ConferenceAIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland, OR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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