Orthogonal Filters for Model Error Compensation in the Control of Nonrigid Spacecraft Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper seeks to improve the convergence properties of state estimators as used in spacecraft controller designs, when the linearized models upon which the estimators are based are subject to parameter errors, truncated modes, and neglected disturbances. Instead of choosing mode shapes (which are orthogonal in space) multiplied by time varying coefficients (a conventional approach for modeling elastic modes) to represent the truncated modes, the model error vector discussed herein is approximated, over short observation windows, units long, by functions which are orthogonal over the time interval , where the coefficients of the orthogonal functions are automatically updated via the use of real-time measurements from the system. The device which updates the coefficients of the orthogonal functions is called an orthogonal filter and takes on the form of a state estimator for the synthetic modes of a model error system which generates the orthogonal functions. The method is illustrated for a 14th-order model of a flexible spacecraft, resulting in 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-order controllers. 1978 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics

author list (cited authors)

  • Skelton, R. E., & Likins, P. W.

citation count

  • 32

complete list of authors

  • Skelton, Robert E||Likins, Peter W

publication date

  • January 1978