Spin-stabilized orbital rocket guidance

Patent Number: 11,292,617
Issued: 4/5/2022
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Abstract: Technologies for guidance of a spin-stabilized orbital rocket are described herein. The spin-stabilized rocket includes a guidance controller. The guidance controller computes parameters of a burn of a second-stage engine of the rocket to reach a desired nominal orbit subsequent to burnout of the first stage of the rocket. The guidance controller computes the burn parameters of the second-stage engine based upon one or more desired orbit parameters and a current position and velocity of the rocket. The computation of the burn parameters is based upon a simulated point-mass model of the motion of the rocket. The guidance controller then controls the rocket to initiate a second-stage burn having the computed burn parameters.
Filed: 7/24/2019
Application Number: 16/521,001
Government Interests: STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 awarded by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The Government has certain rights in the invention.