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Date of Award

Spring 2008

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Department

Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

Dr. Richard Anderson

Committee Member

Professor Charles Eastlake

Committee Member

Dr. James Ladesic

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to develop a low cost navigation solution for General Aviation (GA) aircraft and flight testing aircraft. This low cost solution uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) coupled with an Inertial Navigation Solution (INS) to provide a more accurate, stable navigation solution that can be acceptable for aircraft navigation. Lab VIEW was utilized to perform data acquisition and computation. LabVIEW was the backbone software to perform real time computation. MATLAB ® Simulink ® was used to plot graphs for final analysis of the code. A software Kalman Filter was utilized to provide signal stability and signal continuity. This study will be utilized as a preliminary step towards the development of inexpensive alternate methods of aircraft navigation for GA and flight testing.

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