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Fault-tolerant control of spacecraft attitude regulation: a concise adaptive dual-mode scheme

Yu Lu (Department of Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University , Shanghai, China)
Pengpeng Ye (Science and Technology on Complex System Control and Intelligent Agent Cooperation Laboratory, Beijing, China and Beijing Electro-Mechanical Engineering Institute , Beijing, China)
Ming-Zhe Dai (School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Central South University , Changsha, China)
Jin Wu (Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology , Hong Kong, China)
Chengxi Zhang (School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology , Shenzhen, China)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 20 September 2021

Issue publication date: 7 January 2022




This paper aims to address the spacecraft attitude regulation problem in the presence of extrinsic disturbances and actuator faults.


Based on adaptive backstepping design technique, a new concise adaptive dual-mode control scheme is proposed, which can either use the fault information detected by fault diagnosis mechanisms or switch to the fault-unknown mode when the fault diagnosis information is non-existent for control signal generation. These two modes share an adaptive mechanism that reduces the complexity of the algorithm.


The new fault-tolerant attitude control algorithm can accommodate both modes with and without fault diagnosis mechanisms.


The proposed algorithm in this paper can be applied to both cases when the attitude control system is equipped with or without fault diagnosis capability. This also enhances the robustness of attitude control algorithm. This study performs numerical simulations and verifies that the algorithm could effectively adapt to both modes.



This research is partially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 62003112, 62176102), the Shenzhen Governmental Basic Research Grant (No. JCY20180503182125190, JCYJ20180507182241622).


Lu, Y., Ye, P., Dai, M.-Z., Wu, J. and Zhang, C. (2022), "Fault-tolerant control of spacecraft attitude regulation: a concise adaptive dual-mode scheme", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 94 No. 2, pp. 248-254.



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