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Small Unmanned Aircraft by Timothy W. McLain, Randal W. Beard

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9

Design Models for Guidance

As described in chapter 1, when the equations of motion for a system become complex, it is often necessary to develop design models that have significantly less mathematical complexity, but still capture the essential behavior of the system. If we include all the elements discussed in the previous eight chapters, including the six-degree-of-freedom model developed in chapters 3 and 4, the autopilot developed in chapter 6, the sensors developed in chapter 7, and the state-estimation scheme developed in chapter 8, the resulting model is extremely complex. This chapter approximates the performance of the closed-loop MAV system and develops reduced-order design models that are appropriate for the design of higher-level ...

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