Gain-scheduled missile autopilot design using linear parameter varying transformations

Jeff S. Shamma, James R. Cloutier

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This paper presents a gain-scheduled design for a missile longitudinal autopilot. The gain-scheduled design is novel in that it does not involve linearizations about trim conditions of the missile dynamics. Rather, the missile dynamics are brought to a quasilinear parameter varying (LPV) form via a state transformation. An LPV system is defined as a linear system whose dynamics depend on an exogenous variable whose values are unknown a priori but can be measured upon system operation. In this case, the variable is the angle of attack. This is actually an endogenous variable, hence the expression “quasi-LPV.” Once in a quasi-LPV form, a robust controller using H synthesis is designed to achieve angle-of-attack control via fin deflections. The final design is an inner/outerloop structure, with angle-of-attack control being the inner loop and normal acceleration control being the outer loop.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-263
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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