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Michigan Technological University

Aerospace Engineering

2014

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Rapid Space Trajectory Generation Using A Fourier Series Shape-Based Approach, Ehsan Taheri Jan 2014

Rapid Space Trajectory Generation Using A Fourier Series Shape-Based Approach, Ehsan Taheri

Dissertations, Master's Theses and Master's Reports - Open

With the insatiable curiosity of human beings to explore the universe and our solar system, it is essential to benefit from larger propulsion capabilities to execute efficient transfers and carry more scientific equipment. In the field of space trajectory optimization the fundamental advances in using low-thrust propulsion and exploiting the multi-body dynamics has played pivotal role in designing efficient space mission trajectories. The former provides larger cumulative momentum change in comparison with the conventional chemical propulsion whereas the latter results in almost ballistic trajectories with negligible amount of propellant. However, the problem of space trajectory design translates into an optimal ...