An Introduction to the Application of Dynamic Programming to Linear Control Systems

by F. T. Smith

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A description of how to optimize the performance of linear control systems by using the techniques of dynamic programming. The method is applied to three examples chosen from the guidance and control field: a simple orbit transfer problem, control of rotational velocity of a rigid body, and roll control of a missile or aircraft. Numerical data are presented showing the effect of parameter variation on system performance for each example.

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