Multi-objective optimisation of constellation deployment using low-thrust propulsion

Marilena Di Carlo, Lorenzo Ricciardi, Massimiliano Vasile

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This work presents an analysis of the deployment of future constellations using a com-bination of low-thrust propulsion and natural dynamics. Different strategies to realise the transfer from the launcher injection orbit to the constellation operational orbit are investigated. The deployment of the constellation is formulated as a multi-objective optimisation problem that aims at minimising the maximum transfer ΔV, the launch cost and maximise at the same time the pay-off given by the service provided by the constellation. The paperwill consider the case of a typical constellation with 27 satellites in Medium Earth Orbit and the use of only two launchers, one of which can carry a single satellite. It will be demonstrated that some strategies and deployment sequences are dominant and provide the best trade-off between peak transfer ΔV and monetary pay-off.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016
Place of PublicationReston, VA
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2016
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: 13 Sep 201616 Sep 2016

Publication series

NameAIAA Space Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


ConferenceAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach


  • multi-objective optimisation
  • multi-objective optimization
  • future constellations
  • launcher injection orbit
  • constellation operational orbit
  • Medium Earth orbit
  • peak transfer
  • monetary pay off


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