Automated solution of low energy trajectories

Ryne Beeson, Vishwa Shah, Joshua Aurich, Donald Ellison

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In this paper we introduce a framework for the automated solution of low energy trajectories. Specifically, we are interested in solving constrained global spacecraft trajectory optimization problems in multi-body regimes (e.g. cislunar missions) that leverage the natural global transport of the multi-body dynamical system to provide low propellant control solutions. A main difficulty in automated global solution of this type of problem has been automating dynamical systems techniques to find ideal candidate boundary conditions and then connecting these structures in a natural way for global and local optimization schemes to be successful. We demonstrate the evolving capability of our framework by solving a multi-phase low-thrust cislunar trajectory problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASTRODYNAMICS 2017
EditorsJohn H. Seago, Nathan J. Strange, Daniel J. Scheeres, Jeffrey S. Parker
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780877036456
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2017 - Stevenson, United States
Duration: Aug 20 2017Aug 24 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


ConferenceAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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