A comparison of steepest-ascent and second variational techniques in solving a restricted class of trajectory optimization problems.
Luders, Ernest Celestino
Lange, Benjamin O.
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Two feedback control schemes which maximize a terminal quantity while satisfying specified terminal conditions are discussed and compared. The schemes are "based on a linear perturbation from a nominal non-optimal path which does not, in general, satisfy the terminal conditions. The methods have been programmed in the ALGOL computer language for evaluation and the programs are included in the appendices.