Nonlinear control of an aerobatic RC airplane
Author(s)Bialkowski, Joshua John
Nonlinear control of an aerobatic remote control airplane
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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An automatic flight controller based on the ideas of backstepping is applied to an aerobatic RC airplane. The controller asymptotically tracks a time-parameterized position reference, and depends on an orientation look-up rule to determine the vehicle orientation from a desired acceleration. A coordinated-flight look-up rule compatible with the controller provides a nominal level of capability for traditional flight trajectories. A generalized coordinated look-up rule compatible with the controller provides more advanced capability, including stability for high angle of attack and hovering maneuvers, at the expense of an additional requirement from the reference trajectory. Basic simulation results are used to verify the controller, and a simulation software framework is described which will enable more extensive simulation and provide a platform for the final controller implementation.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2010.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 93-94).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aeronautics and Astronautics.