Optimal cooperative power-limited rendezvous between coplanar circular orbits

Victoria Coverstone-Carroll, John E. Prussing

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Minimum-fuel rendezvous of two power-limited spacecraft is investigated. Both vehicles are active and provide thrust to complete the rendezvous. Total propellant consumption is minimized. A direct-minimization method, direct collocation with nonlinear programming, is used to obtain cooperative rendezvous solutions in an inversesquare gravitational field. Unconstrained and constrained circular terminal orbits are considered. The optimal solutions depend upon the power-to-mass ratios of the spacecraft, the initial orbits, and the specified transfer time. Optimal cooperative rendezvous solutions are compared with optimal active-passive solutions and with previously reported linearized solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1096-1102
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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