Accession Number:

AD0639578

Title:

AN APPLICATION OF AN ANALOG COMPUTER TO SOLVE THE TWO-POINT BOUNDARY-VALUE PROBLEM FOR A FOURTH ORDER OPTIMAL CONTROL PROBLEM.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis.

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1966-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

65.0

Abstract:

The application of Pontryagins Maximum Principle to trajectory optimization problems results in a two-point boundary-value problem. An analog computer is used in conjunction with a human operator who has a display of the phase planes of the admissible trajectories. The human operator, having a general knowledge of the behavior of the system, adjusts control law parameters until the boundary conditions of the system are satisfied. This technique was applied to a time-optimal rendezvous with bounds on rocket thrust and fuel available and demonstrated that accurate analog computer solutions are possible. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Numerical Mathematics
  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE