On integrated plant, control and guidance design
Hallberg, Eric N
Kaminer, Isaac I.
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Two theoretical methods and the development of a guidance, navigation and control rapid protoyping system address the issue of considering the integral participation of feedback early in the design process. The first method addresses the problem of sizing the horizontal tail on a statically unstable transport aircraft. Dynamic constraints including recovery from a severe angle of attack excursion and penetration of a vertical wind shear are formulated in terms of the solution to a convex minimization problem utilizing LMIs and used to size the horizontal control surfaces. The second method addresses the problem of tracking inertial trajectories with applications for unmanned air vehicles. This problem is posed and solved within the framework of gain scheduled control theory leading to a new technique for integrated guidance and control systems with guaranteed performance and robustness properties. Finally, a rapid prototyping system for the flight test of GNC algorithms for unmanned air vehicles is designed that affords a small team the ability to quickly take a new concept in guidance, navigation and control from initial conception to flight test
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