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Peak-to-peak control of an adaptive tensegrity space telescope
Author(s): Cornel Sultan; Martin Corless; Robert T. Skelton
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Paper Abstract

This paper proposes a new space telescope design in which the classical truss structure of the telescope is replaced by a tensegrity structure. A tensegrity structure is a prestressed structure whose structural shape is guaranteed by the interaction between elastic members in tension (tendons) and a set of rigid members (bars). A nonlinear dynamical model of a two stage tensegrity telescope is derived. Static analysis is performed for tensegrity telescopes composed of two stages. The performance specifications for the control system are formulated in terms of the peak value (L(infinity ) norm) of the pointing and alignment errors. The control system is designed to minimize a certain upper bound on this peak value subject to a peak value constraint on the external disturbances. Evaluations of the design are performed through numerical simulations of the closed loop system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3667, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures, (4 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350075
Show Author Affiliations
Cornel Sultan, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Martin Corless, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Robert T. Skelton, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3667:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures
Vasundara V. Varadan, Editor(s)

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