Practical Guide to the Piccolo Autopilot
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In support of a UAV contract the Piccolo SL and Piccolo II autopilots were installed and operated on various aircraft. Numerous problems with the autopilot setup and analysis processes were found along with numerous problems with documentation and autopilot system information. Major areas of concern are identified along with objectives to eliminate the major areas of concern. Piccolo simulator vehicle gain calculations and Piccolo generation 2 version 2.1.4 control laws are reverse engineered. A complete modeling guide is created. Methods are developed to perform and analyze doublet maneuvers. A series of flight procedures are outlined that include methods for tuning gains. A series of MATLAB graphical user interfaces were created to analyze flight data and pertinent control loop data for gain tuning.
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