Title page for ETD etd-05072009-110810

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Cowling, Adam Lloyd
Author's Email Address cowling@vt.edu
URN etd-05072009-110810
Title Pitch-Control Predictor-Corrector and Neural Network Ascent Guidance
Degree Master of Science
Department Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hall, Christopher D. Committee Chair
Robinson, Jerald F. Committee Member
Woolsey, Craig A. Committee Member
  • Trajectory Optimization
  • Neural Network
  • Predictor-Corrector
  • Ascent Guidance
Date of Defense 2009-05-04
Availability unrestricted
A pitch-control predictor-corrector ascent guidance algorithm has been developed and evaluated for a rocket-based upper stage of a two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle. Detailed descriptions of the predictor-corrector algorithm and a neural network loop modification are given. The mission requirement is insertion into a stable 50 x 100 nmi orbit at 375,000 ft altitude, coasting toward apogee at a positive inertial flight path angle. Three degree-of-freedom trajectory analysis is performed using the Program to Optimize Simulated Trajectories (POST2). Results of Monte Carlo simulations including uncertainties in atmosphere, thrust, aerodynamics and initial state are presented and compared to trajectories optimized for maximum injected weight.

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