Volume 6, 2013Progress in Flight Dynamics, Guidance, Navigation, Control, Fault Detection, and Avionics
|Page(s)||531 - 544|
|Section||Launchers trajectory optimization|
|Published online||02 December 2013|
Trajectory generation in a three-dimensional flight plan with obstacle avoidance for an airborne launch craft
Laboratoire IBISC Université d'Evry-Val d'Essonne 38 Rue du Pelvoux, Evry 91025, France
For the mission safety and efficiency, an airborne launch vehicle has to find an appropriate route to reach the mission goal satisfying some environment requirements and system constraints. A modified threedimensional (3D) waypoints generation path based on an improved version of the A∗ algorithm is proposed to find an optimal flight plan solution. This simple geometric path planning procedure can be implemented in real time in order to plan a new reference trajectory. In presence of detected obstacles such as turbulence zones, no-fly zones, storms, etc., the information about the environment is regularly updated. This route reaches one or multiple goal points important for the mission success in order of their priority. The improved A∗ capabilities are tested via simulations in different scenario.
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