Piecewise-constant guidance for aeroassisted maneuvers

Y. Zhao, W. L. Garrard

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This paper proposes the use of piecewise constant control in aeroassisted orbital transfers. Aeroassisted orbital transfers can be achieved in practice through direct lift modulation or bank angle modulation. Practical implementation prefers constant lift coefficients. On the other hand. controls need to vary in order to cope with uncertainties in the atmosphere. As a result, piecewise constant lift or bank modulation presents a practically useful form. In this paper, we discuss several related problems in using piecewise constant lift control. In particular. we use the energy as the independent variable, and provide maps of state variables achievable with constant lift controls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAstrodynamics Conference, 1992
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
EventAstrodynamics Conference, 1992 - Hilton Head Island, United States
Duration: Aug 10 1992Aug 12 1992


OtherAstrodynamics Conference, 1992
CountryUnited States
CityHilton Head Island

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