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University of California, Irvine

Mars Precision Landing Guidance

Sponsored by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mars landing

Future missions to Mars will require precise landing capability. We are working in collaboration with engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop guidance, navigation and control technology to enable precision landing.

Picture as it appears in the Mars Technology Program website


J. Benito and K. D. Mease, Reachable and Controllable Sets for Planetary Entry and Landing, J. Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2010, p. 641-654.

J. Benito and K. D. Mease, "Nonlinear Predictive Controller for Drag Tracking in Entry Guidance", AIAA paper 2008-7350, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Honolulu, HI, August 2008.

J. Benito and K. D. Mease, "Characterizing the Controllable Entry States and Reachable Sites for Planetary Landing", 6th International Planetary Probe Workshop, Atlanta, GA, June 2008.

J. Boada, J. Benito and K. D. Mease, “Near Optimal Planner for Higher Elevation Landing,” 2008 Pegasus-AIAA Student Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.

S. E. Talole, J. Benito and K. D. Mease, "Sliding Mode Observer for Drag Tracking in Entry Guidance," AIAA paper 2007-6851, AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit, August 2007, Hilton Head, South Carolina.

J. Benito, and K. Mease, “Entry Trajectory Planning For Higher Elevation Landing,” AAS paper 2007-309, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Mackinac Island, MI, August 2007.

Benito, J. and Mease, K. D., “Mars Entry Guidance With Improved Altitude Control,” AIAA paper 2006-6674, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Keystone, CO, August 2006.

K.-Y. Tu , M. S. Munir, K. D. Mease, and D. S. Bayard, "Drag-Based Predictive Tracking Guidance for Mars Precision Landing," J. Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 620-628, 2000.

M. Munir, "Entry Guidance Law for a Low Lift/Drag Mars Precision Landing," M.S. Thesis, University of California, Irvine, Fall 1997.

K.D. Mease and J.-P. Kremer, "Shuttle Entry Guidance Revisited Using Nonlinear Geometric Methods," J. Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 17, No. 6, pp. 1350-1356, 1994.

K.D. Mease and W. M. McEneaney, "Error Analysis for a Guided Mars Landing," J. Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 39, No. 4, Oct-Dec 1991.


Flight Dynamics and Control Lab Flight Dynamics and Control Lab

UCI University Of California, Irvine

To contact Professor Mease: kmease@uci.edu