Aerospace launch vehicle control: A gain scheduling approach

Benoît Clement, Gilles Duc, Sophie Mauffrey

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This paper presents a methodology for designing an aerospace launch vehicle autopilot. Linear controllers are first designed using a multi-objective method based on the Youla parameterization and the optimization under constraints described by linear matrix inequalities. These controllers are then interpolated in such a way that the stability of the closed-loop plant is guaranteed. Results obtained from a nonlinear simulator against wind disturbances and parameter uncertainties are then given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-347
Number of pages15
JournalControl Engineering Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Aerospace launch vehicle
  • Discrete-time systems
  • Gain scheduling
  • Interpolation
  • Linear matrix inequalities
  • Multi-objective control


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