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Optimal Spacecraft Trajectories

John E. Prussing

Abstract

Optimal spacecraft trajectories are given a modern comprehensive treatment of the theory and important results. In most cases “optimal” means minimum propellant. Less propellant required results in more payload delivered to the destination. Both necessary and sufficient conditions for an optimal solution are analysed. Numerous illustrative examples are included and problems are provided at the ends of the chapters along with references. Newer topics such as cooperative rendezvous and second-order conditions are considered. Seven appendices are included to supplement the text, some with problem ... More

Keywords: rocket trajectories, optimal solutions, classical results, new topics, conjugate point test

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198811084
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198811084.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John E. Prussing, author
Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois