Optimal guidance around circular trajectories for impact-angle interception

Ronny Tsalik, Tal Shima

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A new linear optimal guidance law for impact-angle interception is presented. The linearization of the nonlinear equations of motion is performed around a nominal circular trajectory, thus allowing the linearization to be valid far from the initial line of sight. The proposed law can be viewed as a generalization of the optimal rendezvous problem. Closed-form expressions for the miss distance, the intercept angle error, and the control effort are derived for the linear model. The transformation from the relative position and the relative velocity (with respect to the circular trajectory) to the relative inscribed angle and the relative inscribed angle rate is presented. Using this transformation, the implementation of the optimal impact-angle guidance law based on the inscribed angle is derived. The application in various scenarios enforcing different impact angles is studied via nonlinear simulations, and it is shown that, for the investigated parameters, the proposed law performs better when compared to biased proportional navigation guidance. The nonlinear simulations also show that, for investigated parameters, although the optimality is guaranteed only around the nominal circular trajectory, the proposed guidance law enables imposing of the desired impact angles even when the deviations from the nominal trajectory are not small.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1278-1291
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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