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In a follow-up to our previous study, the current work examines the gust-induced “cone of uncertainty” in a small unmanned aerial vehicle’s (UAV) flight trajectory addressed in the context of safety assessments of UAV operations. Such analysis is a critical facet of the integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS), particularly in terminal airspace. The paper describes a predictive, robust feedback-loop flight control model that is applicable to various classes of UAVs and unsteady flight-path scenarios. The control design presented in this paper extends previous research results by demonstrating asymptotic (zero steady-state error) altitude regulation control in the presence of unmodeled vertical wind gust disturbances. To address the practical considerations involved in small UAV applications with limited computational resources, the proposed control method is designed with a computationally simplistic structure, without the requirement of complex calculations or function approximators in the control loop. Proof of the theoretical result is summarized, and detailed numerical simulation results are provided, which demonstrate the capability of the proposed nonlinear control method to asymptotically reject wind gust disturbances and parameter variations in the state space model. Simulation comparisons with a standard linear control method are provided for completeness.


Daejean, Korea

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