On Global Tracking Control of a VTOL Aircraft without Velocity Measurements

K. D. Do, Zhong-Ping Jiang, J. Pan

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Abstract

This note develops a nonlinear output-feedback controller to force a nonminimum phase, underactuated vertical take-off and landing aircraft to globally asymptotically track a reference trajectory generated by a reference model. The control development is based on a global exponential observer, some global coordinate transformations, Lyapunov's direct method and an extension of the backstepping technique. Interestingly, the proposed methodology also yields new results for the previously studied problems of stabilization and output tracking or regulation. Numerical simulations illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed controller.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2212-2217
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Volume48
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2003

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Velocity measurement
Aircraft
VTOL/STOL aircraft
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Backstepping
Stabilization
Trajectories
Feedback
Computer simulation

Keywords

  • Backstepping
  • Lyapunov's direct method
  • Output-feedback
  • Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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On Global Tracking Control of a VTOL Aircraft without Velocity Measurements. / Do, K. D.; Jiang, Zhong-Ping; Pan, J.

In: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 48, No. 12, 12.2003, p. 2212-2217.

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