Adaptive trajectory based control for autonomous helicopters

Suresh K. Kannan, Eric N. Johnson

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For autonomous helicopters it is common to design a high-performance tracking controller for the attitude dynamics (innerloop) followed by a simpler, lower bandwidth design that tracks commanded position and velocity (outerloop). Separating these two designs places restrictions on the maximum bandwidth of the outerloop. This paper continues to make a conceptual separation between inner and outerloop designs, but, the final choice of compensator gains is made by treating both loops together. The controller design for both loops use feedback linearization with an adaptive element (neural network) to account for model inversion error. Pseudo Control Hedging is used to protect the adaptive element from actuator saturation nonlinearties and also from inner-outerloop interaction. The resulting control system allows position, velocity, attitude and angular rate commands. The outerloop however augments an attitude correction, that allows tracking of position and velocity in addition to attitude and angular rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2002
EventAir Traffic Management for Commercial and Military Systems - Irvine, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 27 2002Oct 31 2002


OtherAir Traffic Management for Commercial and Military Systems
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityIrvine, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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