This paper presents flight-test results that examine the performance and robustness properties of an L1 control augmentation loop implemented onboard a small unmanned aerial vehicle. The framework used for in-flight control evaluation is based on the Rohrs counterexample, a benchmark problem presented in the early 1980s, to show the limitations of adaptive controllers developed at that time. Hardware-in-the-loop simulations and flight-test results confirm the abilityofthe L1 flight control systemtomaintain stability and predictable performance ofthe closed-loop adaptive system in the presence of general (artificially injected) unmodeled dynamics. The results demonstrate the advantages of L1 control as a robust adaptive control architecture with the potential of facilitating the transition of adaptive control into advanced flight control systems.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Space and Planetary Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Applied Mathematics