Performance Methods for Lifting Entry Vehicle Range Analysis
Final technical rept. Mar 1979-Sep 1981
AIR FORCE WRIGHT AERONAUTICAL LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Parameter optimization methods were applied to maximize lateral range with and without down-range constraints to produce performance footprints. Three lifting entry vehicles with maximum lift-to-drag ratios of 1.89, 2.2, and 2.6, respectively, were used. A simplified bank control procedure was developed which closely approximated the optimal footprint results in the case where no heating constraints were imposed.
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