Design of robust drag-free controllers with given structure

Lorenzo Pettazzi, Alexander Lanzon, Stephan Theil, Amalia Ercoli Finzi

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    In this paper the problem of designing a robust controller with given structure for a plant describing a drag-free satellite is addressed. From recent experiences in drag-free control design we first derive an uncertain plant set representative of many drag-free missions with nonspherical test masses. The design plant is uncertain and a performance requirement is imposed on the absolute acceleration of the test mass along a measurement axis. The v-gap metric is first used to derive a simplified uncertain design plant. Then the main performance requirement is broken down into requirements on the uncertain closed loop behavior of the simplified system. The fulfillment of this new set of requirements guarantees robust achievement of the overall system goal. Then optimal single-input-single- output controllers are designed that robustly achieve the desired level of performance. The method proposed allows one to properly account for the uncertainties in the system retaining the decentralized structure of the controller suggested by the peculiar features of the design plant.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1609-1621
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009


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