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Navigation error analysis for the rocketplane XP

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2 Author(s)
Kevin M. Betts ; bd Syst. Inc., Huntsville, AL ; R. Chad Rutherford

bd Systems has supported the navigation architecture development of the Rocketplane XP as part of its responsibility as the vehicle guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) subsystem lead contractor. The Rocketplane XP is a reusable sub-orbital space-plane being designed by Rocketplane Limited, Inc. for the commercial space tourism market. The horizontal take-off/horizontal landing vehicle, which will be one of the world's first true manned aerospace vehicles, has a short development schedule and began operation in 2007. bd Systems performed a detailed trade study to select the navigation subsystem and developed high-fidelity error models for use in the overall vehicle six-degree-offreedom (6DOF) simulation in order to determine the effects of navigation errors on vehicle performance.

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IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 2 )