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Application of a Fully Numerical Guidance to Mars AerocaptureAn advanced guidance algorithm, Fully Numerical Predictor-corrector Aerocapture Guidance (FNPAG), has been developed to perform aerocapture maneuvers in an optimal manner. It is a model-based, numerical guidance that benefits from requiring few adjustments across a variety of different hypersonic vehicle lift-to-drag ratios, ballistic co-efficients, and atmospheric entry conditions. In this paper, FNPAG is first applied to the Mars Rigid Vehicle (MRV) mid lift-to-drag ratio concept. Then the study is generalized to a design map of potential Mars aerocapture missions and vehicles, ranging from the scale and requirements of recent robotic to potential human and precursor missions. The design map results show the versatility of FNPAG and provide insight for the design of Mars aerocapture vehicles and atmospheric entry conditions to achieve desired performance.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Matz, Daniel A. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Lu, Ping (San Diego State Univ. San Diego, CA, United States)
Mendeck, Gavin F. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Sostaric, Ronald R. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
December 9, 2016
Publication Date
January 9, 2017
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
AIAA SciTech Forum 2017(Grapevine, TX)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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