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- Many sophisticated mathematical control techniques for flexible structures have been devised. The basic problem is that most of them require a relatively accurate mathematical model of the system under control including the dynamics of both the structure and the control system components. Obtaining such a model for either subsystem traditionally has required great effort including a significant validation step based on test data. Because of the quantum increase in complexity over proven methods, promising techniques for the control of flexible structures must be validated in actual hardware experiments before committing to their use in actual spacecraft missions. The Mast experiment system serves as a focus for such validation. It is the first in a series of experiments under the Control of Flexible Structures (COFS) Program at the NASA Langley Research Center. The Mast experiment is a combination of ground tests, orbital flight test, and analysis of a deployable beam under the COFS program. It provides a vehicle for research in structures, structural dynamics, and control issues.
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- Document ID: 19870013270.
Accession ID: 87N22703.
NASA. Marshall Space Flight Center Structural Dynamics and Control Interaction of Flexible Structures; p 29-56.
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