Optimal low-thrust trajectories combined with an aeroassist maneuver

Aaron J. Trask, Victoria Coverstone

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Various optimal powered aeroassisted orbit transfers using solar electric propulsion are presented. These trajectories use a combination of solar electric propulsion and controlled atmospheric perturbations. Single revolution coplanar and plane change trajectories are considered. The objective of the coplanar trajectory is to circularize the orbit, and the objective of the plane change trajectory is to maximize the reduction in orbital inclination. Optimal trajectories are presented for both cases to show the benefits of combining atmospheric perturbations and solar electric propulsion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-634
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

aeroassist
Aeroassist
low thrust
maneuvers
solar electric propulsion
thrust
trajectory
Electric propulsion
Trajectories
trajectories
perturbation
transfer orbits
Orbital transfer
inclination
Orbits
orbits
orbitals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

Cite this

Optimal low-thrust trajectories combined with an aeroassist maneuver. / Trask, Aaron J.; Coverstone, Victoria.

In: Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 41, No. 4, 01.01.2004, p. 629-634.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{7640b2ecba7e4c288c0b3d9ededeb673,
title = "Optimal low-thrust trajectories combined with an aeroassist maneuver",
abstract = "Various optimal powered aeroassisted orbit transfers using solar electric propulsion are presented. These trajectories use a combination of solar electric propulsion and controlled atmospheric perturbations. Single revolution coplanar and plane change trajectories are considered. The objective of the coplanar trajectory is to circularize the orbit, and the objective of the plane change trajectory is to maximize the reduction in orbital inclination. Optimal trajectories are presented for both cases to show the benefits of combining atmospheric perturbations and solar electric propulsion.",
author = "Trask, {Aaron J.} and Victoria Coverstone",
year = "2004",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.2514/1.2582",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "41",
pages = "629--634",
journal = "Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets",
issn = "0022-4650",
publisher = "American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Optimal low-thrust trajectories combined with an aeroassist maneuver

AU - Trask, Aaron J.

AU - Coverstone, Victoria

PY - 2004/1/1

Y1 - 2004/1/1

N2 - Various optimal powered aeroassisted orbit transfers using solar electric propulsion are presented. These trajectories use a combination of solar electric propulsion and controlled atmospheric perturbations. Single revolution coplanar and plane change trajectories are considered. The objective of the coplanar trajectory is to circularize the orbit, and the objective of the plane change trajectory is to maximize the reduction in orbital inclination. Optimal trajectories are presented for both cases to show the benefits of combining atmospheric perturbations and solar electric propulsion.

AB - Various optimal powered aeroassisted orbit transfers using solar electric propulsion are presented. These trajectories use a combination of solar electric propulsion and controlled atmospheric perturbations. Single revolution coplanar and plane change trajectories are considered. The objective of the coplanar trajectory is to circularize the orbit, and the objective of the plane change trajectory is to maximize the reduction in orbital inclination. Optimal trajectories are presented for both cases to show the benefits of combining atmospheric perturbations and solar electric propulsion.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=4344559601&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=4344559601&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.2514/1.2582

DO - 10.2514/1.2582

M3 - Article

VL - 41

SP - 629

EP - 634

JO - Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets

JF - Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets

SN - 0022-4650

IS - 4

ER -