Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
This dissertation describes several different spacecraft guidance algorithms, with applications including asteroid intercept and rendezvous, planetary landing, and orbital transfer. A comprehensive review of spacecraft guidance algorithms for asteroid intercept and rendezvous. Zero-Effort-Miss/Zero-Effort-Velocity (ZEM/ZEV) guidance is introduced and applied to asteroid intercept and rendezvous, and to a wealth of different example problems, including missile intercept, planetary landing, and orbital transfer. It is seen that the ZEM/ZEV guidance law can be used in many different scenarios, and that it provides near-optimal performance where an analytical optimal guidance law does not exist, such as in a non-linear gravity field.
Hawkins, Matt, "New near-optimal feedback guidance algorithms for space missions" (2013). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 13103.