Flight Test Validation of a Neural Network based Long Term Learning Adaptive Flight Controller
Johnson, Eric N.
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The purpose of this paper is to present and analyze flight test results of a Long Term Learning Adaptive Flight Controller implemented on a rotorcraft and a fixed wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The adaptive control architecture used is based on a proven Model Reference Adaptive Control (MRAC) architecture employing a Neural Network as the adaptive element. The method employed for training the Neural Network for these flight tests is unique since it uses current (online) as well as stored (background) information concurrently for adaptation. This ability allows the adaptive element to simulate long term memory by retaining specifically stored input output data pairs and using them for concurrent adaptation. Furthermore, the structure of the adaptive law ensures that concurrent training on past data does not affect the responsiveness of the adaptive element to current data. The results show that the concurrent use of current and background data does not affect the practical stability properties of the MRAC control architecture. The results also confirm expected improvements in performance.