Low-thrust mission analysis using an analytical traiectorv ontimization model

P. M. Lion, A. L. Kornhauser, G. A. Hazelrigg

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This paper uses an Analytic Trajectory Optimization Model (ATOM) to develop efficient computational techniques for the use in the early phase of low-thrust mission analysis. The validity of the expression for burning time from ATOM is extended over the full acceleration range, from impulsive to continuous burning. The computational techniques are demonstrated in two problems: 1) the selection of propulsion system parameters for maximum payload and 2) the optimization of the “mix” of high-thrust chemical boost and low-thrust electrical propulsion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1170-1175
Number of pages6
JournalAIAA journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1971

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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