Multiple satellite trajectory optimization
Mendy, Paul B., Jr.
Ross, I. Michael
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problem, with engine thrust as the only possible perturbation. The optimal control problems are solved using the general purpose dynamic optimization software, DIDO. The dynamical model together with the fuel optimal control problem is validated by simulating several well known orbit transfers. By replicating the single satellite model, this thesis shows that a multi-satellite model which optimizes all vehicles concurrently can be easily built. The specific scenario under study involves the injection of multiple satellites from a common launch vehicle; however, the methods and model are applicable to spacecraft formation problems as well.