Incremental techniques for global space trajectory design

Vasile, M. and Ceriotti, M. (2010) Incremental techniques for global space trajectory design. In: Conway, B. (ed.) Spacecraft Trajectory Optimization. Series: Cambridge aerospace series (29). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 202-237. ISBN 9780521518505 (doi: 10.1017/CBO9780511778025.009)

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Multiple gravity assist (MGA) trajectories represent a particular class of space trajectories in which a spacecraft exploits the encounter with one or more celestial bodies to change its velocity vector. If deep space maneuvers (DSM) are inserted between two planetary encounters, the number of alternative paths can grow exponentially with the number of encounters and the number of DSMs. The systematic scan of all possible trajectories in a given range of launch dates quickly becomes computationally intensive even for moderately short sequences of gravity assist maneuvers and small launch windows. Thus finding the best trajectory for a generic transfer can be a challenge. The search for the best transfer trajectory can be formulated as a global optimization problem. An instance of this global optimization problem can be identified through the combination of a particular trajectory model, a particular sequence of planetary encounters, a number of DSMs per arc, a particular range for the parameters defining the trajectory model, and a particular optimality criterion. Thus a different trajectory model would correspond to a different instance of the problem even for the same destination planet and sequence of planetary encounters. Different models as well as different sequences and ranges of the parameters can make the problem easily solvable or NP-hard. However, the physical nature of this class of transfers allows every instance to be decomposed into subproblems of smaller dimension and smaller complexity.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ceriotti, Dr Matteo and Vasile, Dr Massimiliano
Authors: Vasile, M., and Ceriotti, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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