Numerical optimization study of multiple-pass aeroassisted orbital transfer

@inproceedings{Rao2002NumericalOS,
  title={Numerical optimization study of multiple-pass aeroassisted orbital transfer},
  author={A. V. Rao and Sean H. Tang and Wayne P. Hallman},
  year={2002}
}
SUMMARY A direct transcription method is applied to the problem of multiple-pass aeroassisted orbital transfer from geostationary orbit to low Earth orbit with a large inclination change. The objective is to provide minimum-impulse requirements and corresponding optimal trajectories for a gliding vehicle with a high lift-to-drag ratio subject to constraints on heating rate, angle of attack, and transfer time. The multiplepass aeroassisted orbital transfer problem is set up as a multi-phase… CONTINUE READING

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