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University of California, Irvine

Planetary Aerocapture and Aerogravity Assist

This is a collaborative project with Dan Lyons and Aron Wolf at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The goal is to develop guidance for the aerocapture and aerogravity assist atmospheric skip maneuvers. The guidance issues control commands that should steer the vehicle to the desired post-skip orbit, for the expected range of potential entry conditions, navigation errors, atmospheric properties, and vehicle aerodynamics.



Casoliva, J., Lyons, D. T., Wolf, A. A., and Mease, K. D., “Robust Guidance via a Predictor-Corrector Algorithm with Drag Tracking for Aero-Gravity Assist Maneuvers," AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 2008.

Casoliva, J. and Mease, K. D., “Analytical Atmospheric Guidance for Aerocapture,” AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Mackinac Island, Michigan, August 2007.

Casoliva, J. and Mease, K. D., “Atmospheric Guidance for Aero-Gravity Assist Using Matched Asymptotic Expansions,” AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit, Keystone, Colorado, August 2006.


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UCI University Of California, Irvine

To contact Professor Mease: kmease@uci.edu