Advanced flight management system for an unmanned reusable space vehicle

Sangam, M, Sabatini, R, Ramasamy, S and Gardi, A 2013, 'Advanced flight management system for an unmanned reusable space vehicle', International Journal of Unmanned Systems Engineering, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 48-67.


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Title Advanced flight management system for an unmanned reusable space vehicle
Author(s) Sangam, M
Sabatini, R
Ramasamy, S
Gardi, A
Year 2013
Journal name International Journal of Unmanned Systems Engineering
Volume number 1
Issue number 3
Start page 48
End page 67
Total pages 20
Publisher Marques Aviation
Abstract The innovative architecture of an advanced Flight Management System (FMS) for Unmanned Reusable Space Vehicle (URSV) applications is presented with the associated re-entry trajectory computation algorithm. The SL-12 unmanned space vehicle, developed by Cranfield University as a part of the 2012-2013 Aerospace Vehicle Design (AVD) Group Design Project (GDP) is used as the reference platform. The overall avionics architecture of the future space transportation vehicle is described. A detailed architecture is developed for the FMS and the core functions of such an FMS are described. A dedicated computation algorithm is presented for re-entry trajectory planning, which involves determination of the path of re-entry vehicle by means of angle of attack and bank angle modulation. Simulation case studies are performed in a realistic re-entry operational scenario resulting in the generation of efficient and feasible trajectories, without violating any of the defined constraints.
Subject Avionics
Navigation and Position Fixing
Satellite, Space Vehicle and Missile Design and Testing
Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
Engineering Instrumentation
Keyword(s) Flight management system
reusable launch vehicle
trajectory optimisation
re-entry trajectory planning
DOI - identifier 10.14323/ijuseng.2013.12
Copyright notice © Marques Aviation Ltd
ISSN 2052-112X
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