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16.30 Estimation and Control of Aerospace Systems, Spring 2004

Reduced degree-of-freedom helicopter apparatus.
Reduced degree-of-freedom helicopter apparatus, used during lab assignments for this course. (Image courtesy of OCW.)

Highlights of this Course

This course site features a fully downloadable classic textbook on nonlinear control systems, Multiple-Input Describing Functions and Nonlinear System Design, written by Arthur Gelb and Professor Wallace Vander Velde.

Course Description

This course focuses on the design of control systems. Topics covered include: frequency domain and state space techniques; control law design using Nyquist diagrams and Bode plots; state feedback, state estimation, and the design of dynamic control laws; and elementary analysis of nonlinearities and their impact on control design. There is extensive use of computer-aided control design tools. Applications to various aerospace systems, including navigation, guidance, and control of vehicles, are also discussed.


Prof. Eric Feron
Prof. James Paduano

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session




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