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We present two results on attitude estimation using vector and rate gyro measurements. The first result concerns an observer previously presented by Hamel, Mahony, and Pflimlin, with proven stability results when i) the reference vectors are stationary; or ii) the gyro measurements are unbiased. We prove semiglobal stability without either of these assumptions when a parameter projection is added, and convergence from all initial attitudes when using a resetting strategy. The second result is an algorithm for estimation of bias in the body-fixed vector measurements, which is analyzed in combination with the attitude and gyro bias observer.
Date of Publication: May 2012