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Optimal Control with Aerospace Applications

  • James M Longuski
  • José J. Guzmán
  • John E. Prussing

Part of the Space Technology Library book series (SPTL, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. James M. Longuski, José J. Guzmán, John E. Prussing
    Pages 1-17
  3. James M. Longuski, José J. Guzmán, John E. Prussing
    Pages 19-38
  4. James M. Longuski, José J. Guzmán, John E. Prussing
    Pages 39-59
  5. James M. Longuski, José J. Guzmán, John E. Prussing
    Pages 61-94
  6. James M. Longuski, José J. Guzmán, John E. Prussing
    Pages 95-103
  7. James M. Longuski, José J. Guzmán, John E. Prussing
    Pages 105-129
  8. James M. Longuski, José J. Guzmán, John E. Prussing
    Pages 131-166
  9. James M. Longuski, José J. Guzmán, John E. Prussing
    Pages 167-174
  10. James M. Longuski, José J. Guzmán, John E. Prussing
    Pages 175-191
  11. James M. Longuski, José J. Guzmán, John E. Prussing
    Pages 193-212
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 213-273

About this book

Introduction

Want to know not just what makes rockets go up but how to do it optimally? Optimal control theory has become such an important field in aerospace engineering that no graduate student or practicing engineer can afford to be without a working knowledge of it. This is the first book that begins from scratch to teach the reader the basic principles of the calculus of variations, develop the necessary conditions step-by-step, and introduce the elementary computational techniques of optimal control. This book, with problems and an online solution manual, provides the graduate-level reader with enough introductory knowledge so that he or she can not only read the literature and study the next level textbook but can also apply the theory to find optimal solutions in practice. No more is needed than the usual background of an undergraduate engineering, science, or mathematics program: namely calculus, differential equations, and numerical integration.

Although finding optimal solutions for these problems is a complex process involving the calculus of variations, the authors carefully lay out step-by-step the most important theorems and concepts. Numerous examples are worked to demonstrate how to apply the theories to everything from classical problems (e.g., crossing a river in minimum time) to engineering problems (e.g., minimum-fuel launch of a satellite). Throughout the book use is made of the time-optimal launch of a satellite into orbit as an important case study with detailed analysis of two examples: launch from the Moon and launch from Earth. For launching into the field of optimal solutions, look no further! 

Keywords

Calculus of Variations Constant Specific Impulse MATLAB Code Optimal Control Theory Orbital Satellite Launch Satellite Launch Into Orbit Time-optimal Satellite Launch Trajectory Optimization Tranversality Condition Variable Specific Impulse

Authors and affiliations

  • James M Longuski
    • 1
  • José J. Guzmán
    • 2
  • John E. Prussing
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Aeronautics and AstronauticsPurdue UniversityLafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Orbital Sciences CorporationChantillyUSA
  3. 3.Department of Aerospace EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8945-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-8944-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-8945-0
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