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1 LJLL - Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions 2 CaGE - Control And GEometry LJLL - Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Inria de Paris 3 Airbus Defence and Space

Abstract : In this paper, the minimum time-energy pull-up maneuver problem for airborne launch vehicles ALV is studied with a focus on developing a numerical approach for solving the problem. Firstly, the six-degree-of-freedom 6DOF dynamics for the motion of the ALV subject to the aerodynamic forces, the gravitational force, the propulsive force and the path constraints are established. Then, first-order necessary conditions are derived by applying the Pontryagin Maximum Principle, and the optimal control problem is transformed into a two-boundary value problem, which is generally solved numerically thanks to a shooting method. However, the convergence domain of the shooting method is very small due to high dimension and to nonlinear coupling of attitude and trajectory motions.To overcome this difficulty, we design an algorithm combining the multiple shooting method and the Predictor-Corrector continuation PC continuation method, where the choice of homotopy parameters relies on a careful analysis of the nature of the dynamics.Numerical results presented for pull-up maneuvers of an ALV show that the algorithm is efficient and robust with respect to terminal conditions. Our method is also applied to the problem of rapid maneuver of the upper stage of a launch vehicle LV.

Keywords : multiple shooting numerical continuation airborne launch vehicle path constraint optimal control Pontryagin maximum principle Coupled attitude orbit problem

Author: Jiamin Zhu - Emmanuel Trélat - Max Cerf -



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