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The Rockwell RPRV-870 HiMAT (Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology) was a NASA-program to develop technologies for future fighter aircraft. Among the technologies explored were close-coupled canards, fully digital flight control (including propulsion), composite materials (graphite and fiberglass), Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Synthetic vision, winglet etc. The winning design was produced by Rockwell International.
The HiMAT were actually remotely piloted aircraft, as the design team decided that it would be cheaper and safer to not have a pilot on board who could be killed in the event of a crash. This also meant that no ejection seat would have to be fitted. According to a report by Sarrafian in 1984, the aircraft was flown by a pilot in a remote cockpit, and control signals up-linked from the flight controls in the remote cockpit on the ground to the aircraft, and aircraft telemetry downlinked to the remote cockpit displays. The remote cockpit could be configured with either nose camera video or with a 3D synthetic vision display called a "visual display" (Sarrafian 1984).
First flight was in 1979 and testing was completed in 1983 and the two HiMAT aircraft are now on display, one at the National Air and Space Museum and the other at the Dryden Flight Research Center.
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- Smith, Yvette (April 1, 2009). "April Fool! Look What's in Kevin Petersen's Parking Space!". NASA.gov. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- Kempel, Robert W; Earls, Michael R (1988). Flight Control Systems Development and Flight Test Experience with the HiMAT Research Vehicles. NASA. OCLC 22037291. Technical paper 2822; Accession number N89-15929.
- Duke, Eugene L; Jones, Frank P; Roncoli, Ralph B (1986). Development and Flight Test of an Experimental Maneuver Autopilot for a Highly Maneuverable Aircraft. NASA. OCLC 21916352. Technical report 2618; Accession number N88-21153.
- Sarrafian, Shahan K (August 1984). Simulator Evaluation of a Remotely Piloted Vehicle Lateral Landing Task Using a Visual Display. NASA. OCLC 11977763. Technical memorandum 85903; Accession number N84-29885.
- "HiMAT Research Vehicle". Boeing.com.
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