Date of Award

Fall 2013

Access Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering


Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

Dr. Richard "Pat" Anderson

First Committee Member

Dr. Hever Moncayo

Second Committee Member

Dr. Scott Martin


Stability and control derivatives of an aircraft were estimated from real flight test data in real time. A higher language block diagram library was developed for this purpose. Parameter identification techniques and requirements were used to detect and rate maneuvers present in the data. These ratings were used to blend newly calculated derivatives with previously known values by means of a Kalman filter. The Kalman filter output was used to identify the health of control surfaces actuators. Statistical and measured data were used to predict the probability that an actuator failure has occurred at any given time during the flight. Sweeps of all the tuning parameters of the system were performed, and it was demonstrated that these tuning parameters can be used to obtain the desired performance based on requirements.