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Ornithopter Trajectory Generation With Stabilization

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John M. Dietl, Ephrahim Garcia

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Paper No. SMASIS2008-615, pp. 679-686; 8 pages
  • ASME 2008 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Volume 2
  • Ellicott City, Maryland, USA, October 28–30, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4332-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3839-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Ornithopter flight dynamics and a method for developing flight trajectories are described. These are used to study the unstable modes in hovering ornithopter flight. Stabilization is accomplished through three strategies: pitch-rate feedback control, linear quadratic regulator, and discrete-time periodic linear quadratic regulator. The discrete time controller is the only controller tested that was capable of stabilizing position of the vehicle in hover.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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