Terminal Entry Phase Trajectory Generator for Reusable Launch Vehicles

Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 44)


In this paper a new trajectory generator for the Terminal Area Energy Management phase of a Reusable Launch Vehicle is presented. During this phase the vehicle has to glide at low Mach to reach the point close to the runway where automatic approach and landing starts. The algorithm presented here is based on the concept of Energy Corridor management and it is composed of two main elements: a trajectory propagator and a ground track generator. Imposing a dynamic pressure profile as function of the altitude, a heading path is selected in order to steer the vehicle toward the runway, putting to zero cross and down track errors.


Final Position Trajectory Tracker Terminal Position Trajectory Generator Ground Track 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Elecnor DeimosRonda de Poniente 19Tres CantosSpain

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