An overview on flight dynamics and control approaches for hypersonic vehicles



With the capability of high speed flying, a more reliable and cost efficient way to access space isprovided by hypersonic flight vehicles. Controller design, as key technology to make hypersonic flight feasibleand efficient, has numerous challenges stemming from large flight envelope with extreme range of operationconditions, strong interactions between elastic airframe, the propulsion system and the structural dynamics.This paper briefly presents several commonly studied hypersonic flight dynamics such as winged-cone model,truth model, curve-fitted model, control oriented model and re-entry motion. In view of different schemes such aslinearizing at the trim state, input-output linearization, characteristic modeling, and back-stepping, the recentresearch on hypersonic flight control is reviewed and the comparison is presented. To show the challenges forhypersonic flight control, some specific characteristics of hypersonic flight are discussed and the potential futureresearch is addressed with dealing with actuator dynamics, aerodynamic/reaction-jet control, flexible effects,non-minimum phase problem and dynamics interaction.


高超声速飞行器具有突出的飞行能力, 可为进入太空提供更加可靠和有效的途径; 作为高超声速技术重要方面之一的控制技术面临诸多挑战。本文首先给出锥体加速器模型、真实模型、曲线拟合模型、面向控制的模型以及再入运动等常用于研究的高超声速飞行器模型。其次, 分别根据小扰动线性化、输入输出线性化、特征建模、反步法等不同处理非线性动力学策略出发, 对高超声速飞行器相关控制研究进行总结和对比分析。最后, 结合高超声速飞行器的特殊飞行环境和动力学特点, 提供了未来可供研究的方向, 包括重点解决大包络快速自适应设计、气动力/直接力复合控制、气动弹性颤振控制、静不稳定控制等问题。

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Xu, B., Shi, Z. An overview on flight dynamics and control approaches for hypersonic vehicles. Sci. China Inf. Sci. 58, 1–19 (2015).

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  • hypersonic flight vehicle
  • linearizing at the trim state
  • input-output linearization
  • back-stepping
  • non-minimum phase
  • 070201


  • 高超声速飞行器
  • 小扰动线性化
  • 输入输出线性化
  • 反步法
  • 非最小相位