Manned Rocket Guidance From First Principles by Woodward Stanford

By Woodward Stanford

Ever puzzled if a typical Joe can construct his personal spacecraft; allow us to convey you how.

This white paper records the method through which a manned, suborbital rocket (the Daedalus own Spacecraft being usual) could be flown via a pilot, a flight laptop and the actuated steerage thrusters all operating in tandem to accomplish a winning release and flight.

We may be utilizing the Daedalus as a automobile to give an explanation for to the reader how precisely this can be performed from first rules in order that there is not any ambiguity as to how this can be performed. additionally integrated are examples from our present point of know-how as to easy methods to really enforce this as a practical method, no less than in thought at the moment.

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In other words, I don't want the FCS (flight control system) just trying to orient the craft to the current desired orientation, I want to “predict” where it needs to point in order for it to, in the future, be at the desired future coordinate it needs to pass though. Maybe interpolating the desired orientation through multiple future bounding boxes? Hmm... Am I splitting hairs here? I don't think so. The first guidance “theory” I guess is what you would call a “positive feedback loop”. extend your arm and look at your hand.

If you look closely, you'll notice it shakes just a tiny amount; I think (and I'm no doctor) this is because our nervous system knows to apply an upward force every time the arm sinks a little. Its a beautiful system, the human body, being evolved over millions of years and it uses positive feedback just fine. Or am I wrong? I mean about “predictive”. Here is the desired guidance “behavior” I want (as opposed to what I don't want): 33 Thinking about it I was plagued by memories of something that happened during the Space Race of the 1960's.

If you look closely, you'll notice it shakes just a tiny amount; I think (and I'm no doctor) this is because our nervous system knows to apply an upward force every time the arm sinks a little. Its a beautiful system, the human body, being evolved over millions of years and it uses positive feedback just fine. Or am I wrong? I mean about “predictive”. Here is the desired guidance “behavior” I want (as opposed to what I don't want): 33 Thinking about it I was plagued by memories of something that happened during the Space Race of the 1960's.

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