Decentralized control of stable-element tensegrity plates Conference Paper uri icon


  • Many papers have mentioned deployability as the advantage of the tensegrity structures. This paper proposes an open-loop control law for the deployment of a plate-like structure. The control law is decentralized so that each stable unit is given the same control commands. The second contribution of this paper is the design of a deployable tensegrity plate composed of stable units connected in a special manner that yields a stable overall system without control. Very few structures are stable in the absence of control and also controllable to a different equilibrium.

published proceedings

  • Advances in the Astronautical Sciences

author list (cited authors)

  • Masic, M., & Skelton, R. E.

complete list of authors

  • Masic, M||Skelton, RE

publication date

  • December 2002