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Enhancements on the convex programming based powered descent guidance algorithm for Mars landing

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dc.contributor.author Acıkmese, Behcet
dc.contributor.author Blackmore, Lars
dc.contributor.author Scharf, Daniel P.
dc.contributor.author Wolf, Aron
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-14T18:04:16Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-14T18:04:16Z
dc.date.issued 2008-08-18
dc.identifier.citation AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 18-21, 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 08-2772
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/45433
dc.description.abstract In this paper, we present enhancements on the powered descent guidance algorithm developed for Mars pinpoint landing. The guidance algorithm solves the powered descent minimum fuel trajectory optimization problem via a direct numerical method. Our main contribution is to formulate the trajectory optimization problem, which has nonconvex control constraints, as a finite dimensional convex optimization problem, specifically as a finite dimensional second order cone programming (SOCP) problem. SOCP is a subclass of convex programming, and there are efficient SOCP solvers with deterministic convergence properties. Hence, the resulting guidance algorithm can potentially be implemented onboard a spacecraft for real-time applications. Particularly, this paper discusses the algorithmic improvements obtained by: (i) Using an efficient approach to choose the optimal time-of-flight; (ii) Using a computationally inexpensive way to detect the feasibility/ infeasibility of the problem due to the thrust-to-weight constraint; (iii) Incorporating the rotation rate of the planet into the problem formulation; (iv) Developing additional constraints on the position and velocity to guarantee no-subsurface flight between the time samples of the temporal discretization; (v) Developing a fuel-limited targeting algorithm; (vi) Initial result on developing an onboard table lookup method to obtain almost fuel optimal solutions in real-time. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2008 en_US
dc.subject Guidance en_US
dc.title Enhancements on the convex programming based powered descent guidance algorithm for Mars landing en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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