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   Ping Lu
  Ping Lu
   Ph.D., The University of Michigan
   Professor and Chair

   Editor-in-Chief
   Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
   Telephone: (619) 594-2278
 
   Email: 
plu@sdsu.edu

Research Interest:

Advanced guidance and control, autonomous trajectory planning, numerical optimal control, flight mechanics

Prof. Lu’s current research interests are in advanced guidance of aerospace systems, autonomous trajectory planning and optimization, flight control, and flight mechanics. The research aims at developing theory, methodology, and algorithms for highly constrained missions in a full-spectrum of aerospace applications covering space and atmospheric vehicles, powered flight (by rockets and airbreathing propulsion), and entry/ hypersonic gliding flight. A hallmark of Prof. Lu’s research program has been meeting real-world challenges with innovative applied research. Prof. Lu has participated in a number of major programs in space transportation systems including the X-33 Advanced Technology Demonstrator, Space Launch Initiative/Next Generation Launch Technology, Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (now Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle), and Evolvable Mars Campaign.

Sampled Publications:

1. P. Lu, C. Brunner, S. Stachowiak, G. Mendeck, M. Tigges, and C. Cerimele, “Verification of a Fully Numerical Entry Guidance Algorithm”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2017, pp. 230-247

2. B. Pan, P. Lu, X. Pan, and Y. Ma, “Double-Homotopy Method for Solving Optimal Control Problems”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 39, No. 8, 2016

3. P. Lu, Cerimele, C., Tigges, M., and Matz, D., “Optimal Aerocapture Guidance”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2015, pp. 553-565

4. P. Lu, “Entry Guidance: A Unified Method”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2014, pp. 713—728.

5. X. Liu and P. Lu, “Solving Non-Convex Optimal Control Problems by Convex Optimization”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2014, pp. 750-765

6. P. Lu and X. Liu, “Autonomous Trajectory Planning for Rendezvous and Proximity Operations by Conic Optimization”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2013, p. 375-389.

7. Brunner, C. and Lu, P. “Comparison of Fully Numerical Predictor-Corrector and Apollo Skip Entry Guidance Algorithms”, The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 59, No. 3, 2012, p. 517-540 (published online 17 July, 2014)

8. P. Lu and B. Pan, “Highly Constrained Optimal Launch Ascent Guidance”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2010, pp. 404-414

9. P. Lu, B. Griffin, G. Dukeman, and F. Chavez, “Rapid Optimal Multi-Burn Ascent Planning and Guidance”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 31, No. 6, pp. 1656-1664, 2008

10. P. Lu, “Predictor-Corrector Entry Guidance for Low Lifting Vehicles”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 31, No. 4, 2008, pp. 1067-1075

11. P. Lu, D. Doman, and J. Schierman, “Adaptive Terminal Guidance for Hypervelocity Impact in Specified Direction”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2006, pp. 269-278

12. Z. Shen, and P. Lu, “On-Board Entry Trajectory Planning for Sub-Orbital Flight”, Acta Astronautica, Vol. 56, Issue 6, 2005, pp. 573-591

13. P. Lu, H. Sun, and B. Tsai, “Closed-Loop Endo-Atmospheric Ascent Guidance”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2003, pp. 283-294.

14. J. Burken, P. Lu, and Z. Wu, “Two Reconfigurable Flight Control Designs”, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2001, pp. 482-493.

15. P. Lu, and J. Hanson, “Entry Guidance for the X-33 Vehicle”, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 35, No. 3, 1998, pp.342-349.

16. P. Lu, “Nonlinear Trajectory Tracking Guidance with Application to a Launch Vehicle,” Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 19, No. 1, 1996, pp. 99-106 

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Honors and Awards:

• NASA Johnson Space Center Director’s Innovation Group Achievement Award, on numerical entry guidance algorithm developed by Prof. Lu (2016) 

• Elected to be a Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) (2016) 

• AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award, “for contributions in advanced guidance algorithms for entry and ascent flight” (2008)

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