Estimation and Control of Aerospace Systems

Reduced degree-of-freedom helicopter apparatus.

Reduced degree-of-freedom helicopter apparatus, used during lab assignments for this course. (Image courtesy of MIT OpenCourseWare.)


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Spring 2004



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This course site features a fully downloadable classic textbook on nonlinear control systems, Multiple-Input Describing Functions and Nonlinear System Design, written by Arthur Gelb and Professor Wallace Vander Velde.

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This course focuses on the design of control systems. Topics covered include: frequency domain and state space techniques; control law design using Nyquist diagrams and Bode plots; state feedback, state estimation, and the design of dynamic control laws; and elementary analysis of nonlinearities and their impact on control design. There is extensive use of computer-aided control design tools. Applications to various aerospace systems, including navigation, guidance, and control of vehicles, are also discussed.

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Eric Feron, and James Paduano. 16.30 Estimation and Control of Aerospace Systems. Spring 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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