Accession Number : AD0758799

Title :   A Study of Techniques for Real-Time, On-Line Optimum Flight Path Control: Minimum-Time Maneuvers to Specified Terminal Conditions.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. (Final) Aug 71-Nov 72,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE SYSTEMS INC BURLINGTON MASS

Personal Author(s) : Hoffman,William C. ; Bryson,Arthur E. , Jr

Report Date : JAN 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : Some three-dimensional, minimum-time paths to a specified terminal line (or point), heading and energy are presented for an example supersonic aircraft. These paths were calculated using numerical solution techniques implemented in a digital computer program for the CDC-6600 computer. The optimum maneuvers have been determined using the calculus of variations and the energy-state approximation. These are compared with suboptimal solutions obtained using only three discrete values of bank angle. Constraints on thrust, Mach number, angle-of-attack, dynamic pressure and load factor are included. (Author Modified Abstract)

Descriptors :   (*AERIAL WARFARE, *AIRCRAFT INTERCEPTION), SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT, FLIGHT PATHS, REAL TIME, TURNING FLIGHT, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, JET FIGHTERS, ANGLE OF ATTACK

Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE