Towards a Pattern-Based System Architecture for a Low Power, Low Cost Ultra-Light Aircraft Flight Controller
Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2019, Pages: 46-52
Received: Jun. 24, 2019;
Accepted: Jul. 23, 2019;
Published: Aug. 15, 2019
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Joseph R. Laracy, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA;Department of Systematic Theology, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA;Department of Catholic Studies, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA
Thomas Marlowe, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA
The definition and application of software and hardware patterns have been a major and very positive development in the field of computer engineering, in tandem with the deployment of agile and process architecture methodologies. In this article, we show how five time-triggered, real time system patterns developed by Michael J. Pont can be effectively employed to architect a low power, low cost flight controller. We adopt and apply Pont’s powerful pattern language for our research. The target platform is an ultra-light aircraft with tight constraints on mass and volume of any control hardware. Ultra-light in this context means that the aircraft has only one seat; weighs less than 254 pounds (115 kg) empty weight; has a maximum fuel capacity of 5 U.S. gallons (19 L); and has a top speed of 55 knots (102 km/h; 63 mph) calibrated airspeed at full power in level flight. We utilize the reliable Infineon C515C microcontroller, a member of the classic 8051 family of controllers for the hardware platform. This research makes a contribution to the engineering cybernetic issues of human-machine interface and control of an ultra-light aircraft.
Joseph R. Laracy,
Towards a Pattern-Based System Architecture for a Low Power, Low Cost Ultra-Light Aircraft Flight Controller, Software Engineering.
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2019, pp. 46-52.
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