Online Actor-Critic-Based Adaptive Control for a Tailless Aircraft with Innovative Control Effectors

K. Shayan, E. van Kampen

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Conventional discrete reinforcement learning methods fail in providing satisfactory performance for online Flight Control Systems (FCSs). The lack of efficiency of the discrete controller in exploration for finding the optimal policy, the so-called problem of ’curse of dimensionality’, results in an approach that is not suitable for online implementation. the Innovative Control Effector (ICE) aircraft is a highly maneuverable tailless aircraft with redundancy in its control effectors suite. This paper studies the experiments with adaptive critic design (ACDs) for longitudinal control of ICE aircraft. The online simulation results show the accuracy of the designed continuous RL controller in the attitude and altitude control of the aircraft using different sets of control effectors. The proposed approach also shows significant improvements in the tracking performance and control policy smoothness (e.g., compared to discrete methods).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2021 Forum
Subtitle of host publication11–15 & 19–21 January 2021, Virtual Event
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62410-609-5
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventAIAA Scitech 2021 Forum - Virtual/online event due to COVID-19 , Virtual, Online
Duration: 11 Jan 202121 Jan 2021


ConferenceAIAA Scitech 2021 Forum
CityVirtual, Online

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Virtual/online event due to COVID-19


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