Optimal cooperative power-limited rendezvous with propellant constraints

Victoria Coverstone, J. 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. Spacecraft propellant constraints are included. Two gravitational field models are investigated: the Hill-Clohessy- Wiltshire linearized field and the inverse-square field. Analytical solutions are obtained for the linearized gravity field. A direct method using direct collocation with nonlinear programming is used for the nonlinear gravity field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes
EventAstrodynamics Conference, 1992 - Hilton Head Island, United States
Duration: Aug 10 1992Aug 12 1992


OtherAstrodynamics Conference, 1992
CountryUnited States
CityHilton Head Island


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Coverstone, V., & Prussing, J. E. (1992). Optimal cooperative power-limited rendezvous with propellant constraints. 246-255. Paper presented at Astrodynamics Conference, 1992, Hilton Head Island, United States.