An Integrated Ground-Based and Onboard Adaptive Path Generation Tool for Rapid Mission Planning and Operations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,997.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-06-M-3638
Award Id:
79400
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-237-2771
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA, 22901
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
120839477
Principal Investigator:
John Schierman
Senior Research Scientsit
(434) 973-1215
schierman@barron-associates.com
Business Contact:
David Ward
President
(434) 973-1215
barron@barron-associates.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Barron Associates and Dr. Ping Lu of Iowa State University propose to develop adaptive guidance and trajectory generation algorithms covering ascent, entry, and terminal flight phases for next generation space vehicles. These algorithms will be developed for both onboard implementation and for a ground-based pre-mission planning optimization approach. A prototype onboard guidance/trajectory generation algorithm for ascent will be based on Barron Associates' past methods for fast trajectory optimization and Dr. Lu's methods for optimal ascent trajectory generation. The team's entry trajectory planning and terminal guidance algorithms will be matured. These approaches allow for commanded mid-course retargeting and trajectory reshaping, accounting for off-nominal conditions. A prototype fast ground-based mission planning algorithm will also be developed using a hybrid optimal control framework to address the myriad of discrete events and differing objectives for each flight phase. Mission plans will be generated in an optimal fashion, piecing together the trajectories from the different flight phases, generated using the onboard methods. A prototype software toolbox for rapid mission analysis and planning will be constructed based on the developed technologies. This toolbox will feature user interfaces with options for mission flight plans, performing various trade studies, and analyzing of other mission scenarios.

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