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Cocoa Beach, FL

#### Start Date

5-4-1965 8:00 AM

#### Description

This paper discusses a practical approach to attitude control system mechanization. Previous efforts reported in the literature have either resulted in systems too complex to mechanize or have not considered the problem in enough of its aspects to make the work meaningful. The classical control optimization techniques are briefly summarized and a critique of these methods is given. The solutions obtained with the classical techniques are either open loop, which is unsatisfactory from an attitude control standpoint, or they are closed loop. These closed loop solutions in general may require measuring all of the system variables, which may not be possible, or they may be far too complex to mechanize. In the proposed approach, called specific optimal control, sensor and actuator characteristics are given and the form of the controller is chosen. Controller parameters are then chosen so as to minimize some performance index. Three analytical methods being developed to perform this optimization are hill climbing, two point boundary value problem formulation, and differential approximation. Each of these methods are discussed. Numerical examples showing the application of these techniques are given in a reference.

Optimizing Attitude Control Systems

Cocoa Beach, FL

This paper discusses a practical approach to attitude control system mechanization. Previous efforts reported in the literature have either resulted in systems too complex to mechanize or have not considered the problem in enough of its aspects to make the work meaningful. The classical control optimization techniques are briefly summarized and a critique of these methods is given. The solutions obtained with the classical techniques are either open loop, which is unsatisfactory from an attitude control standpoint, or they are closed loop. These closed loop solutions in general may require measuring all of the system variables, which may not be possible, or they may be far too complex to mechanize. In the proposed approach, called specific optimal control, sensor and actuator characteristics are given and the form of the controller is chosen. Controller parameters are then chosen so as to minimize some performance index. Three analytical methods being developed to perform this optimization are hill climbing, two point boundary value problem formulation, and differential approximation. Each of these methods are discussed. Numerical examples showing the application of these techniques are given in a reference.