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Boost through reentry trajectory planning for maneuvering reentry vehicles

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dc.contributor.advisor Ronald J. Proulx. en_US
dc.contributor.author Abrahamson, Matthew James en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-28T17:10:02Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-28T17:10:02Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/54616
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2008. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-243). en_US
dc.description.abstract New trajectory planning concepts are explored for rapidly planning a long range, boost-through- reentry mission, using a lightweight, highly maneuverable reentry vehicle. An Aimpoint Map, a set of all possible piercepoints through which a boost-through-reentry trajectory can be flown to a fixed target, contains valuable information about the joint capabilities of the booster and the reentry vehicle. At each piercepoint in the Aimpoint Map, a set of velocities and flight path angles exist that can be reached from launch as well as a set of velocities and flight path angles that allow the target to be reached from the piercepoint. The intersection of these velocity and flight path angle sets provides important information for the trajectory planner about the margins available at each piercepoint in the Aimpoint Map. Boost-through-reentry trajectory optimization is used with a six degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) vehicle model to provide a quantitative assessment of the limiting capabilities of the vehicle flight subject to complex terminal and path constraints. Particular constraints of interest include energy management, max g's, heating rate, final velocity and flight path angle, angle of attack, over-flight considerations, approach azimuth, and booster stage disposal. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Matthew James Abrahamson. en_US
dc.format.extent 243 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Aeronautics and Astronautics. en_US
dc.title Boost through reentry trajectory planning for maneuvering reentry vehicles en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 601460755 en_US


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