Use of Thrust Magnitude Control for Strategic and Tactical Missiles
AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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There has been considerable interest over the past several years in the use of a missiles propulsive thrust not only as the propulsive unit, but also as a basic control mechanism for the vehicle. This paper presents the status of the application of optimal control theory to guidance analysis of advanced air-launched missiles which have the capability to modulate thrust magnitude. A brief synopsis is given of work which investigates the effect of TMC relative to proportional navigation, optimal turn laws, and overall trajectory optimization. Results presented include typical trajectories, possible control history, work currently in progress, and planned future work. A comprehensive reference list is given.
- Air- and Space-Launched Guided Missiles