Advisor

Koenig, Keith

Committee Member

Cheng, Yang

Committee Member

Walker, Calvin R.

Committee Member

Thompson, David S.

Committee Member

Keith, Jason M.

Date of Degree

8-1-2019

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

James Worth Bagley College of Engineering

Department

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Abstract

With the growing interest in space exploration, the need for professionals to be prepared for the job is ever more present. This project aims to satisfy that goal by presenting a MATLAB program for use by freshmen level engineering students that provides results for rocket trajectories within acceptable margins of accuracy. The initial stages of development were shaped by the decision to keep the program accessible to someone within the target demographic. As a result, a three-degree of freedom system was chosen, with focus put on amateur rocketry including high power rockets. Various methods were used to provide outputs for rocket flight paths that could be compared to field tests. The solution methods available are Euler and fourth-order Runge-Kutta that utilize the equations of motion for a perpendicular-parallel or x-y coordinate frame. Trajectory simulations and field tests were conducted to have reference cases to confirm the accuracy of the program.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/14487

Comments

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