Low-thrust interplanetary mission design using differential inclusion

Jennifer J. Hargens, Victoria L. Coverstone

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Abstract

The main emphasis of this paper is the investigation of propellant-minimizing interplanetary low-thrust trajectories modeled through differential inclusion constraints in terms of the modified equinoctial orbital elements. An additional component is the use of analytic gradients of the transcribed equations of motion. An Earth-to-Mars test case is presented to demonstrate that the implementation of the higher-order derivative approximations and the new differential constraints is valid. Several missions including both nuclear electric and solar electric propulsion systems are described. The results show good agreement between this new method and solutions obtained with industry-standard software.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781563479458, 9781624101243
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit 2002 - Monterey, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 5 2002Aug 8 2002

Publication series

NameAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit

Conference

ConferenceAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMonterey, CA
Period8/5/028/8/02

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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