As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) become more involved in challenging mission objectives, the need for agility controlled flight becomes more of a necessity. The ability to navigate through constrained environments as well as quickly maneuver to each mission target is essential. Currently, individual vehicles are developed with a particular mission… (More)
— We use retrospective cost adaptive control (RCAC) with a constant forgetting factor (CFF), variable forgetting factor (VFF), and Kalman Filter (KF) to control a planar missile with nonlinear dynamics and aerodynamics. RCAC/CFF, RCAC/VFF, and RCAC/KF are used within an inner-loop/outer-loop control architecture, where the normal acceleration command is… (More)
Unanticipated and unknown changes in an aircraft's aerodynamic stability derivatives may cause undesirable effects that render pre-designed control laws unsuitable for maintaining stability. Gradual changes in the stability derivatives may be due to icing on lifting surfaces, whereas structural damage may cause a sudden change. For this study, we use the… (More)
The Michigan Mars Rover Team was created in March of 2000 with two main goals. First, to design, build, and test prototypes of manned ground vehicles for planetary exploration. Second, to inspire and educate students about space and Mars exploration.