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Experimental study in adaptive tracking control

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5 Author(s)
Boussalis, D. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Bayard, D.S. ; Ih, C. ; Wang, S.J.
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The authors describe an experimental study of adaptive pointing and tracking control for flexible spacecraft conducted on a complex ground experiment facility. The algorithm used is based on a multivariable direct model reference adaptive control law. Several experimental validation studies performed using this algorithm for vibration damping and robust regulation are extended by addressing the pointing and tracking problem. As is consistent with an adaptive control framework, the plant is assumed to be poorly known to the extent that only system level knowledge of its dynamics is available. Explicit bounds on the steady-state pointing error are derived as functions of the adaptive controller design parameters. It is shown that good tracking performance can be achieved in an experimental setting by adjusting adaptive controller design weightings according to the guidelines indicated by the analytical expressions for the error

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:29 ,  Issue: 4 )