Convex programming approach to real-time trajectory optimization for mars aerocapture

Serena Jing Zhang, Behcet Açikmeşe, Sean Shan Min Swei, Dinesh Prabhu

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This paper is to develop a robust guidance and control (G&C) system and corresponding real-time algorithms for ADEPT (Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology) planetary entry vehicle for Mars aerocapture mission with large payloads. The convex optimization based guidance approach is proposed that enables the real-time implementation of the algorithm and increases the predictability and robustness of the closed-loop system. The objective of this study is to utilize ADEPT aeroshell as a controllable G&C effector through active bank angle and angle of attack modulation and convex optimization based control methods for planetary entry maneuvers. A Mars aerocapture case study is simulated to demonstrate the feasibility and efficacy of the proposed guidance concept.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2015
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781479953790
StatePublished - 5 Jun 2015
Event2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2015 - Big Sky, United States
Duration: 7 Mar 201514 Mar 2015

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1095-323X


Conference2015 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky


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