This research seeks to bridge the gap between the sim-ulation/theory and the flight-testing phases of control algorithm design for launch vehicles (LV s) and landing systems (LSs). This paper reviews contemporary testbeds for LV and LS control system design with an emphasis on reducing costs and risks. Also, a new low-cost and low-risk testbed utilizing a quadcopter, flexible inverted pendulum, and a hanging pendulum is proposed. It is shown that the planar dynamic response of this proposed testbed can match the planar dynamic response of an LV. As mission objectives for frequent cislunar and interplanetary travel become more complex, the algorithms that control LV s and LSs need to become more advanced to ensure mission safety and success. These control systems are slow to mature because it is difficult to perform experiments in an environment relevant to the mission in a safe and cost-effective manner. A solution to this problem frequently leveraged in the aviation and satellite industries involves mimicking the dynamic response of the vehicle with a test platform that is low-cost and low-risk.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2021|
|Publisher||IEEE Computer Society|
|State||Published - Mar 6 2021|
|Event||2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2021 - Big Sky, United States|
Duration: Mar 6 2021 → Mar 13 2021
|Name||IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings|
|Conference||2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2021|
|Period||3/6/21 → 3/13/21|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This material is based upon work supported by the NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) under Grant No. 80NSSC19K1672 issued through the NASA Fellowships Program under MUREP funding.
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