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A Basic Control Equation for Rendezvous Terminal Guidance

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1 Author(s)
Irish, L.A. ; Physics Technology Dept., Boeing Aero Space Div., Seattle, Wash.

A basic rendezvous homing control equation, which adjusts the magnitude and direction of the acceleration of an interceptor vehicle in response to sensed interceptor-target relationships, is derived, and the selection of system gain parameters to give a desired dynamic behavior is described. Modifications to the basic control equation for the following system variations are discussed: 1) Rendezvous at a preset relative position or velocity, 2) Landing on the moon (or other extraterrestrial body), 3) Operation with a propulsion unit having a limited range of thrust variation, 4) Operation with a fixed-thrust pulsed propulsion unit.

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Aerospace and Navigational Electronics, IRE Transactions on  (Volume:ANE-8 ,  Issue: 3 )