Gamma Guidance - The Mathematics Applied to a Launch Vehicle
The Boeing Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) launch vehicle was used to launch spacecraft from 1982 until 2004. The Gamma Guidance algorithm was used on board the IUS to select the ignition times, durations, and directions of engine firings. I will discuss the mathematics employed in Gamma Guidance as well as collateral on-board ;processes in order to illuminate how mathematics is applied in the launch setting.
Dr. Gary Green holds mathematics degrees from the Universities of Idaho, Michigan State, and Pennsylvania State. He taught mathematics at California State College Stanislaus before joining the Aerospace Corporation (www.aerospace.org), where he served as an applied mathematician and systems engineer in several capacities: employing numerical analysis to model launch vehicles, overseeing algorithm and software development for space systems, evaluating space system performance, and analyzing threats against space systems.