Optimal cooperative power-limited rendezvous between neighboring circular orbits

Victoria Coverstone, John E. Trussing

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Abstract

A 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. Analytical solutions are obtained for cooperative rendezvous in the linearized Hill-Clohessy-Wiltshire gravity field. The optimal solutions depend in a complicated way on the power-to-mass ratios of the spacecraft, the initial orbits, and the specified transfer time. For comparison purposes, analytical solutions for active-passive rendezvous in the linearized gravity field are also determined. Cooperative rendezvous requires smaller total propellant consumption, resulting in greater payload capability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1045-1054
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

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Optimal cooperative power-limited rendezvous between neighboring circular orbits. / Coverstone, Victoria; Trussing, John E.

In: Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 16, No. 6, 01.01.1993, p. 1045-1054.

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