Fast Mode Switching for a Thrust Vectored Aircraft

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Michiel J. van Nieuwstadt and Richard M. Murray
1996 Multiconference on Computational Engineering in Systems Applications

Aircraft operate in different modes during flight, corresponding to different flight conditions and control schemes. We use differential flatness of an approximate model of the pitch dynamics of a thrust vectored aircraft to achieve fast switching between those modes. We investigate some methods to compensate for the perturbations to flatness. Simulations and experimental data are provided to validate the approach.