Learning autopilot

  • US 5,785,281 A
  • Filed: 11/01/1994
  • Issued: 07/28/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/01/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An apparatus for providing automatic control of a vehicle comprising:

  • means for providing vehicle position information, the vehicle position information comprising time information for the vehicle within a known reference frame, the reference frame having at least three dimensions;

    a memory means which stores position information at predetermined intervals while the vehicle is operated during a rehearsal mission in the known reference frame;

    means for comparing the stored vehicle position information with actual position information from said means for providing vehicle position information during automatic operation of the vehicle and generating a plurality of error signals, each of the error signals has a magnitude proportional to the difference between the stored vehicle position information and actual vehicle position information; and

    vehicle control means which receives the plurality of error signals from said means for comparing and converts the error signals to control signals which control the movements of the vehicle, where the vehicle moves according to the vehicle position information stored in the memory means.

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