On-Orbit Satellite Servicing: A Space-Based Vehicle Routing Problem

  • Özgür Gürtuna
  • Jonathan Trépanier
Part of the Applied Optimization book series (APOP, volume 79)


The primary objective of this chapter is to investigate the feasibility of modifying and applying algorithms developed for Earth-based vehicle routing problems to a space-based problem: on-orbit satellite servicing. Determining the optimal routing and scheduling activities for servicing platforms is critical for demonstrating the technical and economic feasibility of this concept. From a methodology perspective, the motivation of this chapter is to present an end-to-end analysis of the on-orbit satellite servicing concept including data collection, algorithm implementation and analysis of computational results. It is shown that existing algorithms for Earth-based vehicle routing problems can be useful for space-based vehicle routing problems, if they can be modified to this particular context. Some of the existing algorithms, such as the Clarke and Wright method can be modified without too much effort, while implementation of advanced methods, such as tabu search, are much more complex. Nevertheless, modifying and applying advanced metaheuristics has a great potential for space applications.


vehicle routing problem satellite servicing Clarke and Wright method 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Özgür Gürtuna
    • 1
  • Jonathan Trépanier
    • 2
  1. 1.Futuraspace LLC and Concordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.École des Hautes Études CommercialesMontrealCanada

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