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International Applied Mechanics

, Volume 46, Issue 11, pp 1292–1297 | Cite as

Optimization of spacecraft transfers between distant elliptical orbits

  • B. N. Kiforenko
  • Ya. V. Tkachenko
Article

Optimization is made of the trajectories, controls, and the parameters of a low-thrust constant-power engine with energy storage of a spacecraft executing the maneuver of synchronous considerable change in the semimajor axis, eccentricity, and angle of an elliptical orbit in a spherical gravitational field. The gain in payload mass due to the energy storage is estimated. The optimal control law and the optimal ratio for the masses of the propulsion system are found

Keywords

optimal transfer maximum payload elliptical orbit electric propulsion energy storage 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.S. P. Timoshenko Institute of MechanicsNational Academy of Sciences of UkraineKyivUkraine

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