Cosmic Research

, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 417–423

Optimization of transfers under constraints on the thrust direction: I


DOI: 10.1134/S0010952507050061

Cite this article as:
Sukhanov, A.A. & Prado, A.F.B.d.A. Cosmic Res (2007) 45: 417. doi:10.1134/S0010952507050061


Transfers with a low thrust are considered under constraints imposed on the thrust vector direction. These constraints can be caused by peculiarities of the attitude control system and the mode of stabilization of a spacecraft, and, in the general case, they are functions of the time and state vector. The constraints specified by equalities and inequalities are investigated. It is shown that the optimal thrust is directed along the projection of the Lawden’s primer vector onto the restricting set.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Space Research InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE)Sao Jose dos CamposBrazil