Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

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The fifth edition of this best-selling title has three new chapters on important topics related to improving missile guidance performance and several important new concepts in the Appendix. The first new chapter presents several alternative ways of developing guidance laws numerically. These techniques can be used to derive more advanced guidance laws when the missile guidance system dynamics become very complex. An example is presented showing the advantages of a new advanced guidance law over more conventional guidance laws. Previous editions of the text have shown that intentional or unintentional spiraling maneuvers by a tactical ballistic missile can make it particularly difficult for a pursuing missile to hit.

Estimating the target weave frequency is a critical component in advanced guidance laws that can counter these problems. The second new chapter presents a linear Kalman filter bank approach, originally introduced in the 1960s, for accurately estimating the target weave frequency and improving missile guidance system performance.

The engagement simulations presented in this text have previously been in one or two dimensions, to make it easier for the reader to understand the concepts presented in the text. The third new chapter provides several examples on how to convert previous engagement simulation code to three dimensions in both the tactical and strategic worlds. A simplified mapping database is included with the text to demonstrate how geographical context can be provided in three dimensional strategic engagement simulations.

One of the new concepts presented in the Appendix is the use of the discrete Fourier transform for calculating the miss due to weaving targets. With numerous new examples and easy-to-understand graphs and explanations, Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance is a staple for any aerospace engineer's library. Companion software, in both Macintosh and PC versions, contains source code listings in FORTRAN, C, and MATLABĀ® languages. A detailed set of appendices not only serves as a user's guide but also explains how the text's FORTRAN source code can easily be converted to either C or MATLAB. The conversion technique plus detailed source code examples will be tools of interest to all engineers specializing in missile guidance or other aerospace-related fields.

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Editorial Reviews

For both experts and novices, presents the principles of both tactical and strategic missile guidance in a common language, notation, and perspective, with numerous examples to illustrate the concepts. This revised edition (1st ed., 1990) adds three new chapters on the fundamentals of endoatmospheric ballistic targets; a new chapter showing how covariance analysis can be used to analyze missile guidance systems; two new appendices; and included Macintosh and IBM compatible formatted disks containing the FORTRAN code listings presented in the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563478741
  • Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 889
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Zarchan has a BSEE degree from the City College of New York and an MSEE degree from Columbia University. He has more than 35 years' experience in the missile guidance and control field and has worked as Principal Engineer for Raytheon, served as Senior Research Engineer with the Israeli Ministry of Defense, was a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and is currently a member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is co-author of Fundamentals of Kalman Filtering: A Practical Approach (ISBN 978-1-56347-455-2) and the instructor for the popular AIAA professional development courses on strategic and tactical missile guidance and Kalman filtering.

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Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Numerical Techniques 9
Ch. 2 Fundamentals of Tactical Missile Guidance 25
Ch. 3 Method of Adjoints and the Homing Loop 45
Ch. 4 Noise Analysis 67
Ch. 5 Covariance Analysis and the Homing Loop 95
Ch. 6 Proportional Navigation and Miss Distance 111
Ch. 7 Digital Fading Memory Noise Filters in the Homing Loop 137
Ch. 8 Advanced Guidance Laws 161
Ch. 9 Kalman Filters and the Homing Loop 181
Ch. 10 Other Forms of Tactical Guidance 203
Ch. 11 Tactical Zones 225
Ch. 12 Strategic Considerations 239
Ch. 13 Boosters 265
Ch. 14 Lambert Guidance 281
Ch. 15 Strategic Intercepts 307
Ch. 16 Miscellaneous Topics 331
Ch. 17 Ballistic Target Properties 361
Ch. 18 Extended Kalman Filtering and Ballistic Coefficient Estimation 383
Ch. 19 Ballistic Target Challenges 399
Appendix A. Tactical and Strategic Missile Guidance Software 417
Appendix B. Units 441
List of Series Volumes 443
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