Verifiable adaptive flight control: Unmanned combat aerial vehicle and aerial refueling

Jiang Wang, Naira Hovakimyan, Chengyu Cao

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This paper presents the ℒ1 adaptive controller for two benchmark flight control applications. The benefit of the proposed adaptive control approach is its promise for development of theoretically justified tools for verification and validation of adaptive systems. It has a priori predictable performance bounds and a guaranteed bounded-awayfrom-zero, time-delay margin in the presence of fast adaptation. Two flight control examples, unmanned combat aerial vehicle and aerial refueling autopilot, are considered in the presence of nonlinear uncertainties and control surface failures. The ℒ1 adaptive controller without any redesign leads to a scaled response for the system input and output signals, dependent upon changes in the initial conditions, the reference inputs, and the uncertainties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-87
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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