Colloquium: Erik Saturnino (ASM)

01 juni 2017 13:00 - Locatie: Room G, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Kluyverweg 1, Delft.

A Piecewise Shaping Method for Preliminary Low-Thrust Trajectory Design

The objective of this research project was to develop, implement and test a novel method for the preliminary design of low-thrust interplanetary transfer trajectories. The latter extends the concept of trajectory shaping to a piecewise basis by discretising the transfer path into several segments and then shaping the spacecraft's kinematics through the use of piecewise defined functions. Consequently, the shaping flexibility is not dependent only on the complexity of the adopted shaping functions, but also on the number of segments used to discretise the transfer trajectory.