Method and apparatus for remotely piloting an aircraft
A method and apparatus that allows a remote aircraft to be controlled
by a remotely located pilot who is presented with a synthesized three-dimensional
projected view representing the environment around the remote aircraft.
According to one aspect of the invention, a remote aircraft transmits its
three-dimensional position and orientation to a remote pilot station. The
remote pilot station applies this information to a digital database containing
a three dimensional description of the environment around the remote aircraft
to present the remote pilot with a three dimensional projected view of
this environment. The remote pilot reacts to this view and interacts with
the pilot controls, whose signals are transmitted back to the remote aircraft.
In addition, the system compensates for the communications delay between
the remote aircraft and the remote pilot station by controlling the sensitivity
of the pilot controls.
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Copyright 2001 Jed Margolin