Graphical visualization of missile–target air‐to‐air engagements: An educational tool for designing and evaluating missile guidance and control systems

Armando Rodriguez, Ricardo Aguilar

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Abstract

This article describes a user‐friendly C/C++/Windows‐based program which simulates and graphically displays a Bank‐to‐Turn (BTT) missile in pursuit of an evading target. Traditionally, students and practicing engineers must conduct extensive simulations to develop insight about such a complex “system.” In this article, an educational PC graphics program which significantly expedites this process is described. The program is organized into three modules: (1) A program‐user interface provides interactive mouse‐keyboard‐driven pull‐down menus to adjust engagement parameters. (2) A simulation module generates engagement data from a system of nonlinear differential equations modeling the missile, the autopilot, various guidance laws, and target maneuvers. (3) A graphics module uses the data to update the encounter on the screen. The program can be linked with MATLAB macros for purposes of analysis. A help/instruct facility assists users with program features and concepts. Sample missile‐target engagements are presented to demonstrate the utility of the program as an educational tool and as a tool for the analysis, design, and evaluation of missile guidance and control systems. In short, the program has proven itself as a useful educational tool for students studying feedback and control systems and as an excellent vehicle for introducing students to modeling, simulation, and graphical visualization of dynamical systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-20
Number of pages16
JournalComputer Applications in Engineering Education
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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