Study of optimal ascent trajectories

Sang Young Park, Srinivas R. Vadali, Hans Seywald

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Abstract

This paper presents a study of optimal launch trajectories that minimize fuel or equivalently maximize payload. A model of the Advanced Launch System (ALS) is used for numerical experiments. The three-degree-of-freedom equations of motion for the ALS are solved by the multiple shooting method to obtain highly accurate solutions. The numerical results are presented as the open-loop optimal controls for the ALS. A sudden jump in the velocity roll angle profile during the second stage of the trajectory is noticed. The optimality of this transition is studied using hodograph analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages514-522
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1994
EventAstrodynamics Conference, 1994 - Scottsdale, United States
Duration: 1994 Aug 11994 Aug 3

Other

OtherAstrodynamics Conference, 1994
CountryUnited States
CityScottsdale
Period94/8/194/8/3

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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    Park, S. Y., Vadali, S. R., & Seywald, H. (1994). Study of optimal ascent trajectories. 514-522. Paper presented at Astrodynamics Conference, 1994, Scottsdale, United States.