• Design and optimization of a Mars sample return mission with nuclear thermal rockets 

    Chlapek, Tyler M. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    Nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) is recognized as the only solution to human exploration of the near planets during the next several decades, but NTP currently receives little funding for development. In order to foster ...
  • Flight mechanics and control for an unpowered reusable launch vehicle 

    McKee, Steven Edward, 1987- (University of Missouri-Columbia, 2011)
    A new strategy has been developed to aid in allowing a reusable launch vehicle to complete the Trajectory Area Energy Management (TAEM) phase of reentry. Using the new trajectory planning and tracking strategy, the reusable ...
  • Maximum-range trajectories for an unpowered reusable launch vehicle 

    Bryan, Josiah A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    A software package has been developed that numerically maximizes the range of an unpowered reusable launch vehicle (RLV) during the Terminal Area Energy Management (TAEM) phase of reentry into Earth's atmosphere by adjusting ...