Emergency Trajectory Generation for Fixed-Wing Aircraft


Loss of thrust (LOT) emergencies can be caused by various reasons -- for example, fuel exhaustion in the case of Tuninter Flight-1153, and birds strike in the case of US Airways Flight 1549. LOT scenarios are dangerous because the pilots have a very short time to decide on a plan of action for landing the aircraft safely. There are a lot of factors which need to be considered such as altitude of emergency, aircraft surface damage, wind conditions and distance to nearby runways. Therefore, there is a need for systems that can help pilots make decisions expediously by reducing the associated computational burden. The main goal of our project is to develop dynamic data-driven decision support systems to aid pilots in partial or total LOT situations. Introduction of automation in the decision making phase can greatly reduce the response time of pilots, giving them a better chance at landing their aircraft safely.

This project was conceived at the Worldwide Computing Laboratory (WCL), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as a child project of the PILOTS programming language.




Comments/suggestions/patches are welcome!