VLRCOE Rotorcraft Simulator Research Projects



Funding Source

Experimental and Computational Instrumentation for Research on Safety, Survivability, and Enhanced Performance of Naval Rotorcraft

August 2007 – May 2008

ONR DURIP – funded initial build of simulator

Flight Control Design for Rotorcraft with Variable Rotor Speed

May 2006 – May 2011


Adaptive Flight Control for Alleviating Pilot Workload During Shipboard Operations (Phases I and II)

May 2007 – August 2010

Navy (SBIR with Barron Assoc.)

Simulation Model Validation and Handling Qualities Analysis of the X-49A Compound Helicopter

Aug. 2008 – Dec. 2011

Piasecki Aircraft

Advanced Modeling and Flight Control Design for Gust Alleviation on Ship-Based Helicopters

Dec. 2008 –  Aug. 2010

Sikorsky, Army (CRI)

Control Design Methodologies for Improving Rotorcraft Gust Rejection with On-Blade Control

Jan. 2009 – May 2011


Handling Qualities and Gust Alleviation Characteristics of Helicopters Using Active Rotors

Jan. 2009 – May 2011

Army (CRI)

Aided/Automated Flare and Landing during Autorotation (AutoFLARE)

Jan. 2010 – Aug. 2013

Army (VLC)

Optimal Autorotative Profiles Using Active Inceptor Cueing

Jan. 2010 – May 2010

Navy (SBIR with CDI)

Handling Qualities Requirements and Flight Control Concepts for Future Vertical Lift

June 2011 – Aug. 2013

Army (VLC)

Advanced Response Types and Cueing Systems for Naval Operations

Sept. 2011 – Sept 2016


Control Redundancy to Enhance Rotorcraft Performance, Handling Qualities, and Survivability

Sept. 2011 – Sept 2016


Autonomous Multi-Lift System

Sept. 2011 – Sept 2016


Innovative Method for Real-Time Damage Alleviation (Phases I and II)

Feb. 2012 – Dec. 2014

Navy (SBIR with TDA)

Alternative Control Law Architecture for Fly-By-Wire Helicopters

Jan. 2012 – Dec. 2013

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.

Pilot-in-the-Loop CFD Method Development

April 2014 – March 2017


Autonomous Control Modes and Optimized Path Guidance for Shipboard Landing in High Sea States

June 2014 – May 2017


Handling Qualities Requirements for Future Rotorcraft Configurations and Missions

Jan 2016 – Dec 2017

Army (VLC)

High Speed Carriage of External Loads

Aug. 2016 – Aug. 2020


Load Alleviation Control Design Using High Order Dynamic Models

Aug. 2016 – Aug. 2020


Fidelity Requirements for Ship Airwake Modeling in Dynamic Interface Simulations

Aug. 2016 – Aug. 2020


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