Lecture Notes

Many of 16.886's lectures were delivered by guests from MIT and elsewhere. Handouts and reference material have been listed under 'Supporting Files'. This table includes the course's lecture (LE) sessions only; a fully-integrated calendar including the laboratory sessions is also available.

LE1 Course Introduction

Introduction of Formation Flight Project (PDF)
Prof. Earll Murman
Blake, William and Dieter Multhopp, "Design, Performance and Modeling Considerations for Close Formation Flight." AIAA-98-4343.

Wakayama, Sean, Richard Gilmore, and Derrell Brown. "Design Trades for a Large Blended-Wing-Body Freighter." The Boeing Company Huntington Beach, CA.

Barkowski, Ron. "Future Concepts for Air Cargo Delivery." AIAA/ICAS International Air and Space Symposium and Exposition: The Next 100 Year. Dayton, Ohio: 14-17 July 2003,  FedEx Express. Memphis, Tennessee.

Jiang, H., L. Ren and R.J. Hansman, "Market and Infrastructure Analysis of Future Air Cargo Demand in China." AIAA 3rd Annual Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations (ATIO) Technical Forum, 2003. AIAA-2003-6770.
LE2 NASA / Boeing / UCLA Autonomous Formation Flight Program Overview and Findings (PDF 1 of 2 - 3.4 MB) (PDF 2 of 2 - 2.1 MB) (Courtesy of Greg Larson. Used with permission.) Greg Larson
Boeing Phantom Works
LE3 Technical Considerations for Autonomous Formation Flying Systems (PDF) Prof. John Hansman
LE4 MATECON - Method for Rapid Architecture Selection and Conceptual Design (PDF 1 of 2 - 2.4 MB) (PDF 2 of 2 - 2.5 MB) (Courtesy of Hugh McManus. Used with permission.) Dr. Hugh McManus
Metis Design
McManus, Hugh. "Space Systems, Policy, and Architecture Research Consortium (SSPARC): 'SSPARC' Book Material." November 4, 2003.
LE5 Systems Study of Global Range Airpower Dr. Jon Protz
Missile Defense Agency
LE6 Economics of Commercial Cargo Operations (PDF) Prof. John-Paul Clarke
Air Transport Association, Inc. ATA Annual Report, 2002.

Kadar, Mark and John Larew. "Securing the Future of Air Cargo." Mercer on Travel and Transport.
LE7 Military and Commercial Cargo Mission Needs (PDF) (Courtesy of Blaine Rawdon. Used with permission.) Blaine Rawdon
Boeing Phantom Works (PDF)
LE8 Market for Cargo Operations (PDF 1 of 3 - 2.8 MB) (PDF 2 of 3 - 4.6 MB) (PDF 3 of 3 - 1.3 MB) (Courtesy of Al Haggerty. Used with permission.) Al Haggerty
MIT & Boeing (Retired)
LE9 Architecting and Designing Air Transportation Systems (PDF) Prof. John-Paul Clarke
LE10 System Level Design Issues Prof. Ilan Kroo
LE11 Airplane Design Issues Prof. Robert Liebeck
Boeing Phantom Works & MIT
LE12 Human Factors for Formation Flying (PDF) (Courtesy of Missy Cummings. Used with permission.) Prof. Missy Cummings
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Movie Collection: Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR)Autonomous Formation Flight (AAF)
LE13 Autonomous Control Prof. Nicholas Roy
LE14 Avionics (PDF 1 of 2- 1.3 MB) (PDF 2 of 2 - 2.2 MB ) Prof. John Hansman
LE15 Guidance, Navigation and Control Prof. John Deyst
LE16 Managing Risk Prof. Ray Leopold
MIT and Motorola (Retired) (PDF)
LE17 Certification Issues Dr. Kathy Abbott
LE18 Air Traffic Control Prof. John Hansman
LE19 System Software and Safety Prof. Nancy Leveson
LE20 Closing the Business Case (PDF) Prof. John-Paul Clarke
LE21 System Realization Issues Prof. Earll Murman