Input Estimation Algorithms for Reentry Vehicle Trajectory Estimation

  • Cheng-Yu Liu Lee-Ming Institute of Technology, Taipei
  • Huai-Min Wang Chug Cheng Institute of Technology, Taoyuan
  • Pan-Chio Tuan Chug Cheng Institute of Technology, Taoyuan
Keywords: Reentry vehicle, trajectory estimation, input estimation, extended Kalman filter, reentry vehicle tracking, reentry vehicle interception, reentry vehicle trajectory, validation models, trajectory estimation algorithms, simulation and modelling


Fast and accurate estimation of trajectory is important in tracking and intercepting reentry vehicles. Validating model is a real challenge associated with the qverall trajectory estimation problem. Input estimation technique provides a’solution to this challenge. Two input estimation algorithms were introduced based on different assumptions about the input applied to the model. This investigation presents approaches consisting of an extended Kahnan filter and two input estimation algorithms to identify the reentry vehicle trajectory in its terminal phase using data from a single radar source. Numerical simulations with data generated from two models demonstrate superior capabilities as measured by accuracy compared to the extended Kalman filter. Evaluation using real flight data provides the consistent results. The comparison between two input estimation algorithms is also presented. The trajectory estimation approaches based on two algorithms are effective in solving the reentry vehicle tracking problem.
How to Cite
Liu, C.-Y., Wang, H.-M., & Tuan, P.-C. (2005). Input Estimation Algorithms for Reentry Vehicle Trajectory Estimation. Defence Science Journal, 55(4), 361-375.
Aeronautical Systems