Optimal Impulsive Interplanetary Transfers

  • Jean-Paul Gravier
  • Christian Marchal
  • Robert Dudley Culp
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This study presents the derivation of the equations necessary to establish a practical method for computing optimal transfers in the real case. It makes it possible to compute and use actual optimal transfers for advanced planning of preliminary mission analysis in place of the standard Hohmann transfers. This realizable solution includes the effects of the inclination and eccentricity of the orbits of the planets. It applies directly for cases in which a two-impulse transfer is the optimal solution; the results are presented as functions of the corresponding idealized Hohmann transfers.


Optimal Control Problem Optimal Trajectory Primary Vector Planetary Orbit Velocity Increment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Paul Gravier
    • 1
  • Christian Marchal
    • 2
  • Robert Dudley Culp
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringPontifica Universidade Católica do Rio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.L’Office d’Etudes et de Recherches AérospatialesChatillonFrance
  3. 3.Department of Aerospace Engineering SciencesUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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