Comparison of direct optimization methods applied to solar sail problems

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Abstract

This paper compares the application of two direct optimal control methods to an interplanetary solar sail mission (Earth to Venus). The two methods (direct optimization using collocation with nonlinear programming -- DCNLP, and a pseudospectral method using Legendre polynomials) yield similar solutions for the two-dimensional case where Venus' orbital plane is assumed to coincide with Earth's. For the threedimensional case, the required plane change creates problems for DCNLP, but is handled easily by the pseudospectral method.

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

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OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit 2002
CountryUnited States
CityMonterey, CA
Period8/5/028/8/02

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Melton, R. G. (2002). Comparison of direct optimization methods applied to solar sail problems. In AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc..