AffiliationGrumman Aerospace Corporation
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AbstractControl of large communication satellites becomes most difficult when the structure gets large enough that the structural motion severely impacts the ability to stabilize the RF antennas. This structural/control interaction means that the control engineer can no longer use "benign neglect" of the structural vibrations, but must design a control that has a bandwidth that exceeds the lowest structural vibratory frequency. This in itself is not a problem as long as the sensors and actuators are colocated. Eventually, the antennas have to be controlled independently and the assumption of colocated sensors and actuators is no longer reasonable. This begins the problem. In this paper, the various approaches that have been proposed for controlling large flexible spacecraft when the structural frequencies and the control frequencies overlap will be described. A new approach to the design of such systems will be described, and a reasonably complex example of a large satellite control will be described. The presentation will show a movie that was produced to illustrate the control of this structure and the consequence of using the approach described in the paper.
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