Developing a tool for the trajectory planning of cubesat missions

Alexander Ghosh, Victoria Coverstone

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Developing a modern low thrust trajectory planning tool for applications to picosatellites poses a number of unique challenges. This work discusses the development of a propellant-minimum trajectory planning tool, that combines a higher order integrator, algebraic differentiation techniques, adaptive step size control, a non-linear programming problem solver, and analysis of cumulative density functions of the control profile to generate a robust, extendable solution framework. Discussions of the lessons learned in merging these techniques, as well as a few demonstrated case studies will be included. The work will be shown to be extendable in the future towards cooperative formation flying.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1413-1432
Number of pages20
JournalAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Spaceflight Mechanics 2013 - Kauai, HI, United States
Duration: Feb 10 2013Feb 14 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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