H Design of the F/A-18A Automatic Carrier Landing System

Part of the Systems Control: Foundations & Applications book series (SCFA)


In this chapter a design of the F/A-18A Automatic Carrier Landing System is accomplished using finite horizon H techniques. If the final time is sufficiently large, the dynamic Riccati equations involved in the design of the suboptimal output feedback controller give rise to constant solutions. Only longitudinal equations of motion are considered, and thrust is incorporated as a control variable. The object of the design is to maintain a constant flight path angle under worst-case conditions of vertical gust and sensor noise during carrier landing. The design yields satisfactory response for vertical rate command as well.


Output Feedback Sensor Noise Finite Horizon Output Feedback Controller Flight Control System 
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© Birkhäuser Boston 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Flight Dynamics and Control Branch Air Vehicle & Crew Systems Technoly Dept.Naval Warfare Center Aircraft DivisionWarminsterUSA

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