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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 727162, 13 pages
Research Article

Predictive Sliding Mode Control for Attitude Tracking of Hypersonic Vehicles Using Fuzzy Disturbance Observer

College of Aerospace Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China

Received 7 July 2014; Accepted 29 October 2014

Academic Editor: Chunyu Yang

Copyright © 2015 Xianlei Cheng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We propose a predictive sliding mode control (PSMC) scheme for attitude control of hypersonic vehicle (HV) with system uncertainties and external disturbances based on an improved fuzzy disturbance observer (IFDO). First, for a class of uncertain affine nonlinear systems with system uncertainties and external disturbances, we propose a predictive sliding mode control based on fuzzy disturbance observer (FDO-PSMC), which is used to estimate the composite disturbances containing system uncertainties and external disturbances. Afterward, to enhance the composite disturbances rejection performance, an improved FDO-PSMC (IFDO-PSMC) is proposed by incorporating a hyperbolic tangent function with FDO to compensate for the approximate error of FDO. Finally, considering the actuator dynamics, the proposed IFDO-PSMC is applied to attitude control system design for HV to track the guidance commands with high precision and strong robustness. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed attitude control scheme.