Detailed analysis of formation flight control reference frames

Peter C. Vaiana, David R. Jacques, Lyle Norman Long

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Abstract

A formation flight controller that had been previously developed for flight testing was used to investigate the controller performance in four control reference frames. The frames investigated were the tanker body frame, formation frame, wing body frame, and wing wind frame. This paper details the aerial refueling problem as a specific use of a cooperative formation flight controller. The details and drawbacks of each control reference frame are presented along with a description of the model and control laws used for the simulations. The stability of each frame was analyzed by simulating an aerial refueling flight profile. Once implemented, the gain coefficients for the control laws were tuned to each individual frame to reduce position errors, but maintain stability. Analysis of the four reference frames under identical flight profiles led to the conclusion that the tanker body frame was the frame with the most desirable performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007
Pages1011-1025
Number of pages15
Volume1
StatePublished - Dec 24 2007
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007 - Hilton Head, SC, United States
Duration: Aug 20 2007Aug 23 2007

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OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007
CountryUnited States
CityHilton Head, SC
Period8/20/078/23/07

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Vaiana, P. C., Jacques, D. R., & Long, L. N. (2007). Detailed analysis of formation flight control reference frames. In Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007 (Vol. 1, pp. 1011-1025)
Vaiana, Peter C. ; Jacques, David R. ; Long, Lyle Norman. / Detailed analysis of formation flight control reference frames. Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007. Vol. 1 2007. pp. 1011-1025
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Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007. Vol. 1 2007. p. 1011-1025.

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