Adaptive control of flight: Theory, applications, and open problems

Kevin A. Wise, Eugene Lavretsky, Naira Hovakimyan

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This paper discusses the application of direct adaptive model reference control as it relates to the control of aircraft and weapon systems. Recent extensions in the approach, primarily driven by practical considerations, have led to very successful flight testing. The flight control architectures considered incorporate direct adaptive increments to augment a baseline control signal designed using nonlinear and/or linear robust control methods. Recently applied to a modified guided weapon, this adaptive flight control system was designed and flight tested without wind tunnel measurement of any aerodynamic changes to the modified weapon. This paper discusses the design methodology, practical considerations, extensions incorporated, as well as open problems that remain in making this approach acceptable in the aerospace community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2006 American Control Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1424402107, 9781424402106
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 American Control Conference - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2006Jun 16 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2006 American Control Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN


  • Adaptive control
  • Aircraft control
  • Flight control
  • Weapon control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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