Control of a Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicle: Sliding-Mode Approach

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Aerospace Research Central
The realization of feasible flapping-wing micro air vehicles (FWMAVs) is hampered by many technical difficulties. In spite of these challenges, the natural world is full of successful designs that comprise a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and morphological features. For FWMAV developers, bumblebees are interesting because of their ability to hover, achieve high-speed forward flight, fly for long distances, carry heavy loads, maneuver adeptly, and maintain a hovering position in the face of significant wind gusts. However, several previous studies [1–5] have shown that flapping-wing insects possess an unstable mode, particularly for high-frequency flappers like bumblebees [4]. This unstable mode suggests the existence of an intrinsic flight instability of insects as well as the importance of feedback-based control of the wing kinematics for stable flight [6]...
Aircraft Components and Structure, Aircraft Design, Aircraft Kinematics, Aircraft Operations
Control of a Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicle: Sliding-Mode Approach James E. Bluman, Chang-Kwon Kang, and Yuri Shtessel Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics 2018 41:5, 1223-1226