Linear flight control techniques for unmanned aerial vehicles

Jonathan P. How, Emilio Frazzoli, Girish Vinayak Chowdhary

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This chapter presents an overview of linear flight control and guidance methods for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The chapter begins with a discussion of rotation matrices and kinematic equations of a UAV. The six degree of freedom UAV equations of motion are also derived using rigid-body dynamics principles. The equations of motion are then linearized, and several linear multi-loop closure techniques for UAV guidance and control are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Number of pages48
ISBN (Electronic)9789048197071
ISBN (Print)2014944662, 9789048197064
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)


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