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31 August 2001 Image stabilization testbed (ISTAT)
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The Image Stabilization Testbed (ISTAT) is a high-bandwidth angular motion system for the simulation of missile dynamics with capability beyond that of current flight motion simulators (FMS). This paper describes the development and initial laboratory integration of the ISTAT. The intention is to mount a missile seeker and any associated inertial measurement sensors, and then allow ISTAT to replicate the dynamic boundary conditions at the base of the seeker resulting from both airframe vibrations (flexible body motion) as well as rigid body motion resulting from vehicle control forces or the flight environment. ISTAT will be driven by the output of deterministic simulations and will replicate the time history of the command signals. It can be used in a standalone mode or possibly in conjunction with a conventional large motion lower bandwidth FMS. ISTAT makes use of high bandwidth hydraulic actuation and advanced feedback and feedforward control algorithms to deliver two- and three-axis motion control at frequencies from DC to greater than 500 Hz. The largest motions, achieved at lower frequencies, are about two degrees. The paper describes the motivation, the servohydraulic, mechanical, and electronic subsystems, control software and algorithms, and the software user interface for the testbed. An initial report on the system integration is also provided.
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Eric H. Anderson, Michael E. Evert, Patrick Flannery, Bryce L. Fowler, Roger M. Glaese, and Paul C. Janzen "Image stabilization testbed (ISTAT)", Proc. SPIE 4366, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing VI, (31 August 2001);


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