A Study of Techniques for Real-Time, On-Line Optimum Flight Path Control: Minimum-Time Maneuvers to Specified Terminal Conditions.
Technical rept. (Final) Aug 71-Nov 72,
AEROSPACE SYSTEMS INC BURLINGTON MASS
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Some three-dimensional, minimum-time paths to a specified terminal line or point, heading and energy are presented for an example supersonic aircraft. These paths were calculated using numerical solution techniques implemented in a digital computer program for the CDC-6600 computer. The optimum maneuvers have been determined using the calculus of variations and the energy-state approximation. These are compared with suboptimal solutions obtained using only three discrete values of bank angle. Constraints on thrust, Mach number, angle-of-attack, dynamic pressure and load factor are included. Author Modified Abstract
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