Advances in guidance, navigation, and control for planetary entry, descent, and landing systems

Zachary R. Putnam, Robert D. Braun

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Abstract

Planetary entry, descent, and landing has been performed successfully at Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Titan, and the moon, producing a wealth of in situ data not available from in-space remote-sensing platforms. To achieve such success, entry, descent, and landing systems have been designed to accommodate a wide variety of mission scenarios and environments, from the thin atmosphere of Mars to the thick atmosphere of Venus, from atmospheric entry velocities as low as 4 km/s at Mars to nearly 48 km/s at Jupiter. The history and development of the complex systems necessary to successfully execute entry, descent, and landing is summarized and discussed, with a focus on guidance and control strategies. Improvements to inertial navigation systems and interplanetary approach navigation techniques are highlighted. Mission requirements that drive entry, descent, and landing system design are identified. Lastly, future challenges and goals for entry, descent, and landing systems are enumerated and current technology development efforts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGuidance, Navigation, and Control 2016
EditorsDavid A. Chart
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Pages549-559
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780877036319
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event39th Annual AAS Rocky Mountain Section Guidance and Control Conference, 2016 - Breckenridge, United States
Duration: Feb 5 2016Feb 10 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume157
ISSN (Print)0065-3438

Other

Other39th Annual AAS Rocky Mountain Section Guidance and Control Conference, 2016
CountryUnited States
CityBreckenridge
Period2/5/162/10/16

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Putnam, Z. R., & Braun, R. D. (2016). Advances in guidance, navigation, and control for planetary entry, descent, and landing systems. In D. A. Chart (Ed.), Guidance, Navigation, and Control 2016 (pp. 549-559). (Advances in the Astronautical Sciences; Vol. 157). Univelt Inc..