Finite-time stable tracking control for a class of underactuated aerial vehicles in SE(3)

Sasi Prabhakaran Viswanathan, Amit K. Sanyal, Rakesh R. Warier

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Finite-time stable guidance and feedback control scheme for steering a class of autonomous underactuated vehicles in SE(3), is given here. The underactuated vehicles are characterized by fewer control inputs than the number of configuration variables and modeled as a rigid body with four control inputs. These control inputs actuate the three degrees of freedom of rotational motion and one degree of freedom of translational motion in a vehicle body-fixed coordinate frame. This actuation model is appropriate for a wide range of underactuated vehicles including spacecraft with internal attitude actuators, vertical take-off, and landing (VTOL) aircraft, fixed-wing multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), maneuverable robotic vehicles, etc. The guidance and control problems are developed on the special Euclidean group of rigid body motions, SE(3), in the framework of geometric mechanics, which represents the vehicle dynamics globally on this configuration manifold. The desired position and attitude in SE(3) is tracked by the finite-time stable translational and attitude controller developed here. The overall stability analysis of the feedback system is addressed. Discrete time models for the dynamics and control schemes of the UAV are obtained in the form of Lie group variational integrators using the discrete Lagrange-d'Alembert principle. Almost global finite-time stability of the overall feedback system over the state space is demonstrated and the importance of finite-time stability is presented through numerical simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 American Control Conference, ACC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509059928
StatePublished - Jun 29 2017
Event2017 American Control Conference, ACC 2017 - Seattle, United States
Duration: May 24 2017May 26 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2017 American Control Conference, ACC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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