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International Applied Mechanics

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 340–347 | Cite as

Optimization of constant- and variable-thrust propulsion systems

  • Ya. V. Tkachenko
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The problem of the transfer of a spacecraft with maximum payload from a fixed circular orbit to a given noncoplanar circular orbit in a spherical gravity field is solved. The spacecraft is equipped with constant-power electric propulsion and energy storage. The cases of variable-thrust and constant-thrust propulsion are considered. The increase in the payload mass due to the energy storage is estimated in both cases. The optimal time dependence of controls and the optimal relations between the mass parameters of the propulsion system are established. The ranges of these parameters where it makes sense to store energy are identified

Keywords

optimal transfer maximum payload circular orbit electric propulsion energy storage 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.S. P. Timoshenko Institute of Mechanics, National Academy of Sciences of UkraineKyivUkraine

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