# Optimal Control: An Introduction

In order to encourage myself to work more regularly on my Master’s thesis, I’ve decided to keep a more-or-less public journal about the effort.

So here is the basic plan behind
*Control Systems for the Lunar Lander X-Prize Challenge*:

- Work through the math for the soft-landing problem;
- Ditto for the attitude control problem; and, if I have enough time,
- Unify the two problems, probably using Geometric Algebra.

Sounds easy, don’t it?

My basic text is Donald E. Kirk’s
*Optimal Control Theory:
An Introduction*
from the Prentice-Hall Networks series.
At the Cooper Union, Professor Shinners used his own
*Advanced Modern Control System
Theory and Design*,
which whetted my appetite for the subject,
but left me dangling when I tried to actually follow his derivations.