• Z. Ashraf Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, Pakistan
  • M. A. Choudhry Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, Pakistan
  • A. Hanif Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, Pakistan


Airship provides us many attractive applications in aerospace industry including transportation of heavy payloads, tourism, emergency management, communication, hover and vision based applications. Hovering control of airship has many utilizations in different engineering fields. However, it is a difficult problem to sustain the hover condition maintaining controllability. So far, different solutions have been proposed in literature but most of them are difficult in analysis and implementation. In this paper, we have presented a simple and efficient scheme to design a multi input multi output hybrid PI control scheme for airship. It can maintain stability of the plant by rejecting disturbance inputs to ensure robustness. A control scheme based on feedback theory is proposed that uses principles of optimality with integral action for hovering applications. Simulations are carried out in MTALAB for examining the proposed control scheme for hovering in different wind conditions. Comparison of the technique with an existing scheme is performed, describing the effectiveness of control scheme.


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How to Cite

Z. Ashraf, M. A. Choudhry, and A. Hanif, “A HYBRID PI CONTROL SCHEME FOR AIRSHIP HOVERING”, The Nucleus, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 115–127, Mar. 2012.