A testbed for Mars precision landing experiments by emulating spacecraft dynamics on a model helicopter Conference Paper uri icon


  • We propose the use of a model helicopter to emulate the landing dynamics of a spacecraft. Our controller accepts thruster inputs (like those on a spacecraft) and converts them into appropriate helicopter stick controls such that the resulting trajectory of the helicopter is close to the trajectory that would have been achieved by simply providing the same thruster inputs to a spacecraft. The approach relies on simplified models of the spacecraft and helicopter dynamics. Initial results in simulation indicate that the approach is feasible, with tracking accuracies on the order of 5 m.

name of conference

  • IROS 2002: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

published proceedings

  • IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and System

author list (cited authors)

  • Saripalli, S., & Sukhatme, G. S.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Saripalli, S||Sukhatme, GS

publication date

  • January 2002