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Fixed-wing UAV with transitioning flight capabilities : Model-Based or Model-Free Control approach? A preliminary study

Barth, Jacson and Condomines, Jean-Philippe and Bronz, Murat and Ribeiro Lustosa, Leandro and Moschetta, Jean-Marc and Join, Cédric and Fliess, Michel Fixed-wing UAV with transitioning flight capabilities : Model-Based or Model-Free Control approach? A preliminary study. (2018) In: 2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), 12 June 2018 - 15 June 2018 (Dallas, United States).

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1109/ICUAS.2018.8453404


Transitioning vehicles experience three different flight phases during typical missions. The hovering and forward flight phases have been researched widely, however the transition phase in between is more challenging and has been the subject of less research. One of the control approaches to handle the transition phase relies on model-based methods which require sophisticated wind-tunnel characterization. Accurate modeling of force and moments of a partially stalled wing and control surfaces is highly challenging and time consuming. In addition, these models usually require several flight measurements (such as angle of attack and low airspeed) that are difficult to obtain. As an alternative, some control approaches manage the transition phase without the need for sophisticated models. One example of such an approach is the Model Free Control (MFC). This paper compares the results obtained from both MFC and Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR) applied to fixed-wing UAV with transitioning flight capability during hovering, transition and forward flight modes. Both of the controllers are designed for a transitioning vehicle called MAVion. The simulation results demonstrated that MFC increases the stability of the aircraft, especially in disturbed flight conditions.

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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile - ENAC (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal (CANADA)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique - INRIA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Paris-Saclay (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole Polytechnique (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Lorraine (FRANCE)
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