Robust Control for Launchers: VEGA study case Articles uri icon

publication date

  • March 2020

start page

  • 192

end page

  • 202


  • 3


  • 59

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0453-4662

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1883-8170


  • In this article a summary of on-going activities in Europe related to atmospheric launcher thrust
    vector control (TVC) is given. The article focuses on the joint collaboration between the Technology for AeroSpace Control (TASC) group and the European Space Agency Technology Center (ESA ESTEC) spanning the last 6 years -and with indispensable support from ELV, now Avio, the prime responsible for the European small launcher VEGA. The aim of the article is to provide a coherent perspective of the results related to the TVC design process, as applied to an industrial level VEGA simulator provided by ELV/Avio that includes the VEGA baseline atmospheric TVC for one of its flown mission. Furthermore, as this joint collaboration aimed to transfer advanced robust techniques 1), 2) to industry, the article only covers the modeling, design and analysis activities more specifically oriented towards this transfer.


  • Aeronautics


  • robust modeling; control; analysis; atmospheric launcher thrust vector control