Legacy recovery and robust augmentation structured design for the VEGA launcher Articles uri icon

publication date

  • May 2019

start page

  • 3363

end page

  • 3388


  • 11


  • 29

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-8923


  • This paper presents a systematic robust control framework based on the structured H¿ approach to address the synthesis of the atmospheric ascent-flight control system of a launch vehicle. To introduce this synthesis framework, the control problem is first formulated to recover the classically designed baseline rigid-body controller of the actual VEGA launcher VV05 mission. This legacy recovery builds the necessary background for a good understanding of the problem and increases confidence for its transfer to the Space industry. Subsequently, it is shown how to systematically augment the robustness of the design from the synthesis stage against wind turbulence perturbations and parametric uncertainty. The resulting controller is verified via classical stability margins and robust structured singular value analyses and finally validated using nonlinear, time-domain simulations in a Monte Carlo campaign. It is highlighted that this robust synthesis framework allows to obtain a controller with improved robust stability and global performance, and more importantly, it provides a more systematic methodology for design. © 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


  • robust control synthesis structured h¿ vega launcher ¿ analysis controllers design flight control systems launching monte carlo methods recovery robust control time domain analysis global performance parametric uncertainties robust control synthesis stability margins structured singular value analysis systematic methodology time-domain simulations vega launcher control system synthesis