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Middeck Active Control Experiment Reflight (MACE II): lessons learned and reflight status
Author(s): Ronald R. Ninneman; Keith K. Denoyer
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Paper Abstract

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is sponsoring the Middeck Active Control Experiment Reflight (MACE II) Program. MACE II is a manned space experiment that evaluates the capabilities of adaptive control of flexible structures in the zero-g environment of the space shuttle's Middeck. MACE II has grown out of lessons learned from the original MACE flight and from AFRL sponsored structural control experiments. Previous experiments required extensive testing and 'tuning' for their particular test environment to meet their performance expectations. Such a process is too inefficient to be seriously considered for operational systems, especially space-based systems where access is limited. MACE II takes the next logical step by evaluating the capability of adaptive structural control algorithms AFRL has assembled a team of five small businesses and universities to develop and evaluate several adaptive control methodologies. In addition, AFRL has recruited a second science team led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to evaluate control system for time-varying and geometrically nonlinear systems. This paper is an overview of the AFRL science team only.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3991, Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (12 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.388154
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Ronald R. Ninneman, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Keith K. Denoyer, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3991:
Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Jack H. Jacobs, Editor(s)

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