Journal of Systems Engineering and Electronics ›› 2014, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (4): 627-.doi: 10.1109/JSEE.2014.00073

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Progress in reentry trajectory planning for hypersonic vehicle

Jiang Zhao1,*, Rui Zhou1, and Xuelian Jin2   

  1. 1. School of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China;
    2. Beijing Microelectronics Technology Institute, Beijing 100076, China
  • Online:2014-08-22 Published:2010-01-03


The reentry trajectory planning for hypersonic vehicles is critical and challenging in the presence of numerous nonlinear equations of motion and path constraints, as well as guaranteed satisfaction of accuracy in meeting all the specified boundary conditions. In the last ten years, many researchers have investigated various strategies to generate a feasible or optimal constrained reentry trajectory for hypersonic vehicles. This paper briefly reviews the new research efforts to promote the capability of reentry trajectory planning. The progress of the onboard reentry trajectory planning, reentry trajectory optimization, and landing footprint is summarized. The main challenges of reentry trajectory planning for hypersonic vehicles are analyzed, focusing on the rapid reentry trajectory optimization, complex geographic constraints, and cooperative strategies.