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Quadrocopter Control Design and Flight Operation
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Author and Affiliation:
Karwoski, Katherine(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA, United States)
Abstract: A limiting factor in control system design and analysis for spacecraft is the inability to physically test new algorithms quickly and cheaply. Test flights of space vehicles are costly and take much preparation. As such, EV41 recently acquired a small research quadrocopter that has the ability to be a test bed for new control systems. This project focused on learning how to operate, fly, and maintain the quadrocopter, as well as developing and testing protocols for its use. In parallel to this effort, developing a model in Simulink facilitated the design and analysis of simple control systems for the quadrocopter. Software provided by the manufacturer enabled testing of the Simulink control system on the vehicle.
Publication Date: Aug 05, 2011
Document ID:
20110015820
(Acquired Sep 29, 2011)
Subject Category: AIRCRAFT STABILITY AND CONTROL
Report/Patent Number: M11-0980
Document Type: Technical Report
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Organization Source: Massachusetts Inst. of Tech.; Cambridge, MA, United States
Description: 12p; In English; Original contains color illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights
NASA Terms: DESIGN ANALYSIS; CONTROL SYSTEMS DESIGN; FLIGHT TESTS; FLIGHT OPERATIONS; PROTOCOL (COMPUTERS); ALGORITHMS; TEST STANDS; MODELS
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