A hybrid energy-insensitive explicit guidance scheme for long range flight vehicles with solid motors
Automatic Control in Aerospace, Volume # 17 | Part# 1
Kothari, Mangal; Padhi, Radhakant
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model predictive control,model predictive static programming,MPSP,energy-insensitive guidance,explicit guidance,ballistic missile guidance
Combining the newly developed nonlinear model predictive static programming technique with null range direction concept, a novel explicit energy-insensitive guidance design method is presented in this paper for long range flight vehicles, which leads to a closed form solution of the necessary guidance command update. Owing to the closed form nature, it does not lead to computational difficulties and the proposed optimal guidance algorithm can be implemented online. The guidance law is verified in a solid motor propelled long range flight vehicle, for which coming up with an effective guidance law is more difficult as compared to a liquid engine propelled vehicle (mainly because of the absence of thrust cutoff facility). Assuming the starting point of the second stage to be a deterministic point beyond the atmosphere, the scheme guides the vehicle properly so that it completes the mission within a tight error bound. The simulation results demonstrate its ability to intercept the target, even with an uncertainty of greater than 10% in burnout time.
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