The hypersonic domain introduces new constraints within multiple disciplines; aerodynamics, thermal protection/management, aeroheating, materials, structures, controls, sensors, and energy management. A GNC challenge is to find a feasible solution satisfying all the hypersonic constraints while also optimizing the mission objective. To further exacerbate the problem, a real-time onboard solution must compensate for uncertainties in propulsion, aerodynamics, control effectiveness, sensors, navigation, and atmospherics. These challenges and solution strategies will be discussed.
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