Fundamentals of Adaptive Control

• Basic knowledge of concepts of linear vs. nonlinear systems and their stability.
• Conversant with the concepts of uncertainty, model based design (i.e. performance specification within state-space system context), robust optimal control.

The field of adaptive control is as diverse as the potential applications. There are a myriad of methodologies but only some are appropriate for application to flight control. This short lecture will touch on history of adaptive control in flight, present on overview of methods that have been employed in flight over the past 10 years with illustrative examples, and discuss advantages and limitations of the methodologies. Furthermore, a recent flight test example will be presented briefly. In conclusion, current open problems and future directions will be discussed.

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