Automatic landing flight experiment flight simulation analysis and flight testing

Toshikazu Motoda, Yoshikazu Miyazawa, Kazutoshi Ishikawa, Tatsushi Izumi

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Preflight simulation analysis of flight experiment and flight test results are described. The automatic landing flight experiment was conducted in Woomera, Australia, in 1996, to develop the automatic landing technology required for the future Japanese uncrewed spacecraft. To ensure successful landings, computer simulation played an important role in the preflight analysis. Monte Carlo simulation was applied for the analysis. The root sum square method, which is commonly used in Japanese launcher rocket development projects, was also applied. Monte Carlo results were compared with the rss results and the flight test results. All 13 flight tests were successfully completed. Longitudinal guidance in the flare phase was found to be sensitive to some modeling errors. The cause is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-560
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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