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Suboptimal reentry guidance of a reusable launch vehicle using pitch plane maneuver

Chawla, Charu and Sarmah, P and Padhi, Radhakant (2010) Suboptimal reentry guidance of a reusable launch vehicle using pitch plane maneuver. In: Aerospace Science and Technology, 14 (6). pp. 377-386.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ast.2010.04.001


Using the recently developed model predictive static programming (MPSP) technique, a nonlinear suboptimal reentry guidance scheme is presented in this paper for a reusable launch vehicle (RLV). Unlike traditional RLV guidance, the problem considered over here is restricted only to pitch plane maneuver of the vehicle, which allows simpler mission planning and vehicle load management. The computationally efficient MPSP technique brings in the philosophy of trajectory optimization into the framework of guidance design, which in turn results in very effective guidance schemes in general. In the problem addressed in this paper, it successfully guides the RLV through the critical reentry phase both by constraining it to the allowable narrow flight corridor as well as by meeting the terminal constraints at the end of the reentry segment. The guidance design is validated by considering possible aerodynamic uncertainties as well as dispersions in the initial conditions. (C) 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Aerospace Science and Technology
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Reentry guidance; Model predictive static programming; Reusable launch vehicle.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2010 11:25
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2010 11:25
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/32943

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