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Optimization of flight trajectories in a three-dimensional model of windshear flow field
This thesis is concerned with the optimal flight trajectories in the presence of a three-dimensional windshear. Both the take-off and abort landing problems are studied. A mathematical model of a three-dimensional windshear ...
Optimal combat maneuvers of a next-generation jet fighter aircraft
This thesis deals with the optimization of four classes of combat maneuvers for a next-generation jet fighter aircraft: climb maneuvers, fly-to-point maneuvers, pop-up attack maneuvers, and dive recovery maneuvers. For the ...
Ascent performance feasibility for next-generation spacecraft
This thesis deals with the optimization of the ascent trajectories for single-stage suborbital (SSSO), single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO), and two-stage-to-orbit (TSTO) rocket-powered spacecraft. The maximum payload weight problem ...
Optimal control of ship maneuvers for course change, sidestep, and collision avoidance
We consider a ship subject to kinematic, dynamic, and moment equations and steered via the rudder under the assumptions that the rudder angle and rudder angle time rate are subject to upper and lower bounds. We formulate ...