Guidance law; linear optimal control; guidance; navigation; control; missile guidance; trajectory shaping guidance law; proportional navigation; explicit guidance; linear quadratic regulator; optimal control; missile


This thesis proposes and evaluates a new cooperative guidance law called General Vector Explicit - Impact Time and Angle Control Guidance (GENEX-ITACG). The motivation for GENEX-ITACG came from an explicit trajectory shaping guidance law called General Vector Explicit Guidance (GENEX). GENEX simultaneously achieves design specifications on miss distance and terminal missile approach angle while also providing a design parameter that adjusts the aggressiveness of this approach angle. Encouraged by the applicability of this user parameter, GENEX-ITACG is an extension that allows a salvo of missiles to cooperatively achieve the same objectives of GENEX against a stationary target through the incorporation of a cooperative trajectory shaping guidance law called Impact Time and Angle Control Guidance (ITACG). ITACG allows a salvo of missile to simultaneously hit a stationary target at a prescribed impact angle and impact time. This predetermined impact time is what allows each missile involved in the salvo attack to simultaneously arrived at the target with unique approach angles, which greatly increases the probability of success against well defended targets. GENEX-ITACG further increases this probability of kill by allowing each missile to approach the target with a unique approach angle rate through the use of a user design parameter. The incorporation of ITACG into GENEX is accomplished through the use of linear optimal control by casting the cost function of GENEX into the formulation of ITACG. The feasibility GENEXITACG is demonstrated across three scenarios that demonstrate the ITACG portion of the guidance law, the GENEX portion of the guidance law, and finally the entirety of the guidance law. The results indicate that GENEX-ITACG is able to successfully guide a salvo of missiles to simultaneously hit a stationary target at a predefined terminal impact angle and impact time, while also allowing the user to adjust the aggressiveness of approach.


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Graduation Date





Qu, Zhihua


Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.)


College of Engineering and Computer Science


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Degree Program

Electrical Engineering








Release Date

August 2016

Length of Campus-only Access

1 year

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)


Dissertations, Academic -- Engineering and Computer Science; Engineering and Computer Science -- Dissertations, Academic