Lecture Notes

LEC # TOPICS LECTURE NOTES SUPPORTING FILES
1 Equilibrium States

Aircraft Performance

Introduction to Basic Terms

( PDF)  
2 Static Stability

Aircraft SS (Longitudinal)

Wing/Tail Contributions

( PDF)  
3 Coordinate Systems

Euler Angles

Quaternions

( PDF) navion_1.m ( M)
4 Aircraft Dynamics ( PDF)  
5 Aircraft Dynamics (cont.)    
6 Aircraft Longitudinal Dynamics ( PDF) Matrix Diagonalization ( PDF)
lecture4.m ( M)
7 Approximate Longitudinal Dynamics Models ( PDF)  
8 Aircraft Lateral Dynamics

Spiral, Roll, and Dutch Roll Modes

( PDF) lecture11.m ( M)
9 Basic Longitudinal Control ( PDF)  
10 State Space Control ( PDF)  
11 State Space Control (cont.)    
12 Aircraft Lateral Autopilots ( PDF) ac3.m ( M)
newr.m ( M)
ac3_lat.mdl ( MDL)
13 Aircraft Longitudinal Autopilots

Altitude Hold and Landing

( PDF - 1.0 MB) altit_simul.m ( M)
altit.mdl ( MDL)
14 Equations of Motion in a Nonuniform Atmosphere

Gusts and Winds

( PDF)  
15 Inertial Sensors

Complementary Filtering

Simple Kalman Filtering

( PDF) Examples of Estimation Filters from Recent Aircraft Projects at MIT ( PDF)
16 System Identification ( PDF)  
17 Model Validation ( PDF) Distributed Coordination and Control Experiments on a Multi-UAV Testbed ( PDF)

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