Robustness analysis of a reusable launch vehicle flight control law Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2009

start page

  • 751

end page

  • 765


  • 7


  • 17

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0967-0661

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-6939


  • This paper describes a novel optimisation-based framework for analysing the robustness of advanced flight control laws for reusable launch vehicles. The proposed analysis methods are applied and tested on an industrial-standard simulation model of a reusable launch vehicle equipped with a full authority nonlinear dynamic inversion-based flight control law. The reliability, computational complexity and efficiency of the framework are evaluated against standard industrial approaches based on Monte Carlo simulation. The results of the study show that the proposed approach has the potential to significantly improve both the reliability and efficiency of the flight clearance process for future reusable launch vehicles. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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