RESEARCH PAPERS: Articles on History

A Historical Review of Autopilot Development, Research, and Theory in Germany

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Winfried Oppelt

Institut für Regelungstechnik, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 98(3), 215-223 (Sep 01, 1976) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3427025 History: Received June 09, 1976; Online July 13, 2010


German flight-control development began with directional control. Damping gyros, measuring the angular velocity, were already used in the first systems. Servo-loops were formed including feedback devices as well as controllers without feedback, which proved to be satisfactory too. Finally integrating-gyros and electrical servomechanisms were put together for systems with outstanding performance capabilities. Among the many engineers acting in this field only a few distinguished themselves by producing ideas. Their names are documented here.

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