Formulation of the Optimal Trajectory for an Air-Breathing Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Brian L. Jones, PhD
The Air Breathing Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (ABMRAAM) represents developmental technology which incorporates both a rocket engine and a RAMJET engine. Such a missile uses proportional navigation guidance plus an additional trajectory loft command. This thesis examines the optimal trajectory, and hence the optimal lofting command, for an ABMRAAM. A numerical simulation of the missile is presented and the necessary conditions for the optimal trajectory are derived. From these conditions, the problem can be numerically solved for the optimal loft command.
DTIC Accession Number
Zadzora, Timothy, "Formulation of the Optimal Trajectory for an Air-Breathing Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile" (1994). Theses and Dissertations. 6358.