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A NEURAL NET APPROACH TO SPACE VEHICLE GUIDANCE

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 11940
Amount: $496,069.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1991
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alper K. Caglayan
 Principal Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 ALPER K. CAGLAYAN
Title: PRESIDENT
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

THE ON-LINE IMPLEMENTATION OF NUMERICAL ALGORITHMS FOR SOLVING THE OPTIMUM TRAJECTORY/GUIDANCE PROBLEM FOR ADVANCED SPACE VEHICLES SUCH AS ALS, HLLV, AOTV, TRANSATMOSPHERIC VEHICLES AND INTERPLANETARY SPACECRAFT IS NOT POSSIBLE DUE TO THEIR COMPLEXITY. HENCE, THE CURRENT APPROACH TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF REAL-TIME GUIDANCE LAWS FOR THESE ADVANCED SPACE VEHICLES IS TO USE APPROXIMATION THEORY TO OBTAIN CLOSED-LOOP GUIDANCE LAWS. NEURAL NETWORKS OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE DERIVATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF GUIDANCE LAWS. IN THIS STUDY, WE PROPOSE TO FORMULATE THE SPACE VEHICLE GUIDANCE PROBLEM USING A NEURAL NETWORK APPROACH, FIND THE APPROPRIATE NEURAL NET ARCHITECTURE FOR MODELLING OPTIMUM GUIDANCE TRAJECTORIES, TRAIN THE DEVELOPED NETWORK WITH A DATABASE OF OPTIMUM GUIDANCE TRAJECTORIES, AND DEMONSTRATE ITS PERFORMANCE AS AN ON-LINE CLASSIFIER. SUCH A NEURAL NETWORK BASED GUIDANCE APPROACH CAN READILY ADAPT TO ENVIRONMENT UNCERTAINTIES SUCH AS THOSE ENCOUNTERED BY AN AOTV DURING ATMOSPHERIC MANEUVERS.

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