Computational guidance for Mars entry and power descent

Xiuqiang Jiang, Shuang Li, Roberto Furfaro

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Traditional studies on Mars entry, descent, and landing usually take a divide- and-conquer approach where each phase is investigated separately. This paper proposed a new computational approach to generate optimal guidance for mid-lift high-mass Mars entry and powered descent. First, optimal Mars atmospheric entry and optimal powered descent problems are respectively modeled. Second, optimal handover problem is formulated to integrate the Mars entry and powered descent phases in a collaborative optimization manner. Third, optimal guidance for Mars entry and powered descent is produced through online solving energy-optimal entry, propellant-optimal powered descent, and optimal handover problems iteratively. Finally, numerical simulations verified the collaborative work of the proposed computational guidance framework, and the results demonstrated the significant benefit of the optimal integrated guidance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2018
EditorsPuneet Singla, Ryan M. Weisman, Belinda G. Marchand, Brandon A. Jones
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780877036579
StatePublished - 2018
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2018 - Snowbird, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2018Aug 23 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


ConferenceAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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