Ares-I-X Stability and Control Flight Test: Analysis and Plans

Jay Brandon, Steve Derry, Gene Heim, Richard Hueschen, Barton Bacon
2008 AIAA SPACE 2008 Conference & Exposition   unpublished
The flight test of the Ares I-X vehicle provides a unique opportunity to reduce risk of the design of the Ares I vehicle and test out design, math modeling, and analysis methods. One of the key features of the Ares I design is the significant static aerodynamic instability coupled with the relatively flexible vehicle -potentially resulting in a challenging controls problem to provide adequate flight path performance while also providing adequate structural mode damping and preventing adverse
more » ... eventing adverse control coupling to the flexible structural modes. Another challenge is to obtain enough data from the single flight to be able to conduct analysis showing the effectiveness of the controls solutions and have data to inform design decisions for Ares I. This paper will outline the modeling approaches and control system design to conduct this flight test, and also the system identification techniques developed to extract key information such as control system performance (gain/phase margins, for example), structural dynamics responses, and aerodynamic model estimations.
doi:10.2514/6.2008-7807 fatcat:2f57oevgtfcihiokmsqnm4awti