Optimal low-thrust out-of-ecliptic trajectories

Joseph L. Bader, Pini Gurfil, N. Jeremy Kasdin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Low-thrust trajectories may offer a better means of entering out-of-ecliptic trajectories than ballistic maneuvers. Previous efforts examined families of trajectories resulting from the optimization of ballistic maneuvers with the expressed intent of reaching a given height above the ecliptic plane. This displacement serves to reduce the noise due to dust in the local zodiacal cloud. Low-thrust trajectories offer a more efficient means of reaching required out-of ecliptic orbits and also offer the possibility of increased observation time. The low-thrust trajectories developed in this paper were found by using an iterative genetic algorithm approach followed by a local optimizer. The paper examines the feasibility of using different thrust systems based on current and near term capabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781624101243
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit 2002 - Monterey, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 5 2002Aug 8 2002

Publication series

NameAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit


OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMonterey, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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