Nonlinear Feedback Control of Axisymmetric Aerial Vehicles [article]

Daniele Pucci, Tarek Hamel, Pascal Morin, Claude Samson
2014 arXiv   pre-print
We investigate the use of simple aerodynamic models for the feedback control of aerial vehicles with large flight envelopes. Thrust-propelled vehicles with a body shape symmetric with respect to the thrust axis are considered. Upon a condition on the aerodynamic characteristics of the vehicle, we show that the equilibrium orientation can be explicitly determined as a function of the desired flight velocity. This allows for the adaptation of previously proposed control design approaches based on
more » ... the thrust direction control paradigm. Simulation results conducted by using measured aerodynamic characteristics of quasi-axisymmetric bodies illustrate the soundness of the proposed approach.
arXiv:1403.5290v1 fatcat:4jg63eupqbg6vnaz4mhny2coya