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Autonomous craft controller system for landing craft air cushioned vehicle

An autonomous craft controller system for automated control of operation of a landing craft air-cushioned vehicle includes a command processor, a bow thruster controller, a prop pitch controller, and a rudder controller. The command processor receives and processes multiple inputs relating to vehicle heading, location and velocity and, in response thereto, produces multiple outputs relating to vehicle acceleration and vehicle heading, velocity and position error. The bow thruster controller receives and processes as inputs some of the multiple outputs from the command processor and, in response thereto, produces a bow thruster command output. The prop pitch controller receives and processes as inputs some of the multiple outputs from the command processor and, in response thereto, produces port and starboard prop pitch command outputs. The rudder controller receives and processes as inputs some of the outputs from the command processor and outputs from the prop pitch controller and, in response thereto, produces a rudder command output.
Inventors: 

Keith A. Senn, Jaime Bunczek

Patent Number: 
US5951607
Patent Issue Date: 
October 14, 1999
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