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Space Engineering

Modeling and Optimization with Case Studies

  • Giorgio Fasano
  • János D. Pintér


  • Features new theoretical and application-oriented results in mathematical modeling, optimization, and optimal control

  • Provides insights to layout problems, optimization of hybrid transfers, interplanetary trajectories and low-thrust propulsion

  • Contains contributions from leading international researchers


Part of the Springer Optimization and Its Applications book series (SOIA, volume 114)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Mathieu Balesdent, Loïc Brevault, Nathaniel B. Price, Sébastien Defoort, Rodolphe Le Riche, Nam-Ho Kim et al.
    Pages 1-48
  3. Guido Colasurdo, Lorenzo Casalino
    Pages 87-102
  4. Stefano Gliozzi, Alessandro Castellazzo, Giorgio Fasano
    Pages 129-150
  5. Dario Izzo, Daniel Hennes, Luís F. Simões, Marcus Märtens
    Pages 151-176
  6. Krishna Teja Malladi, Snezana Mitrovic Minic, Daniel Karapetyan, Abraham P. Punnen
    Pages 177-197
  7. Alessandro Morselli, Roberto Armellin, Pierluigi Di Lizia, Franco Bernelli-Zazzera
    Pages 237-267
  8. Dario Pastrone, Lorenzo Casalino
    Pages 269-285
  9. János D. Pintér, Alessandro Castellazzo, Mariachiara Vola, Giorgio Fasano
    Pages 287-302
  10. Guido Ridolfi, Erwin Mooij
    Pages 303-336
  11. Sven Schäff
    Pages 337-367
  12. Yuriy Stoyan, Tatiana Romanova, Alexander Pankratov, Anna Kovalenko, Peter Stetsyuk
    Pages 369-400
  13. Sophie Tarbouriech, Isabelle Queinnec, Jean-Marc Biannic, Christophe Prieur
    Pages 401-423
  14. Francesco Topputo, Mauro Massari
    Pages 425-442
  15. Christelle Vergé, Jérôme Morio, Pierre Del Moral, Juan Carlos Dolado Pérez
    Pages 443-457
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 485-487

About this book


This book presents a selection of advanced case studies that cover a substantial range of issues and real-world challenges and applications in space engineering. Vital mathematical modeling, optimization methodologies and numerical solution aspects of each application case study are presented in detail, with discussions of a range of advanced model development and solution techniques and tools.

Space engineering challenges are discussed in the following contexts:

•Advanced Space Vehicle Design

•Computation of Optimal Low Thrust Transfers

•Indirect Optimization of Spacecraft Trajectories

•Resource-Constrained Scheduling,

•Packing Problems in Space

•Design of Complex Interplanetary Trajectories

•Satellite Constellation Image Acquisition

•Re-entry Test Vehicle Configuration Selection

•Collision Risk Assessment on Perturbed Orbits

•Optimal Robust Design of Hybrid Rocket Engines

•Nonlinear Regression Analysis in Space Engineering<

•Regression-Based Sensitivity Analysis and Robust Design

•Low-Thrust Multi-Revolution Orbit Transfers

•Modeling and Optimization of Balance Layout Problems

•Pilot-Induced Oscillations Alleviation

•Modeling and Optimization of Hybrid Transfers to Near-Earth Objects

•Probabilistic Safety Analysis of the Collision Between Space Debris and Satellite

•Flatness-based Low-thrust Trajectory Optimization for Spacecraft Proximity Operations

The contributing authors are expert researchers and practitioners in either the space engineering and/or in the applied optimization fields. Researchers and practitioners working in various applied aspects of space engineering will find this book practical and informative. Academics, graduate and post-graduate students in aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, operations research, optimization, and optimal control, will find this book useful.  


Balancing Cargo accommodation Collision risk assessment Debris-satellite collision Design of experiment (doe) Differential flatness theory Direct collocation transcription Epistemic/aleatory uncertainties Failure detection Global optimization (go) Heuristics/meta-heuristics Hybrid rocket engines Image acquisition Indirect optimization Large-scale problems Low thrust/energy transfers Mathematical modeling Mixed integer nonlinear models (minlp) Multidisciplinary design optimization (mdo) Near earth objects (neo)

Editors and affiliations

  • Giorgio Fasano
    • 1
  • János D. Pintér
    • 2
  1. 1.Exploration and ScienceThales Alenia SpaceTurinItaly
  2. 2.PCS Inc.HalifaxCanada

About the editors

Giorgio Fasano is a researcher and practitioner at Thales Alenia Space, with three decades of experience in the field of optimization and space engineering applications. He holds a MSc degree in Mathematics, and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA, UK), with the designations of Chartered Mathematician (IMA, UK) and Chartered Scientist (Science Council, UK). His interests include mathematical modelling, operations research, mixed integer programming, global optimization, and optimal control. He is the author of Solving Non-standard Packing Problems by Global Optimization and Heuristics (Springer, 2014), and a co-editor of Operations Research in Space and Air (Ciriani et al., Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003), as well as co-editor with Pintér of two other volumes, see below. He also wrote a number of other publications related to optimization in space.

János D. Pintér is a researcher and practitioner with over four decades of experience in the area of systems modeling, analytics, and optimization, with an emphasis on algorithm and software development for nonlinear optimization. He holds MSc, PhD and DSc degrees in Mathematics. He has authored and edited 10 books (so far) including the award-winning monograph Global Optimization in Action. He also wrote nearly 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other research documents. Dr. Pintér is (or has been) a member and officer of professional organizations including CORS, EUROPT, HORS, INFORMS; and he serves / served on the editorial board of international professional journals including the Journal of Global Optimization. Dr. Pintér is the principal developer or co-developer of a range of nonlinear optimization software products. These products are used worldwide by researchers and practitioners in academia, and at business and research organizations. He also offers optimization courses (as well as a range of other university or professional training courses) on demand. For more information, please visit

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