Multi-objective optimisation under uncertainty with unscented temporal finite elements

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This paper presents a novel method for multi-objective optimisation under uncertainty developed to study a range of mission trade-offs, and the impact of uncertainties on the evaluation of launch system mission designs. A memetic multi-objective optimisation algorithm, named MODHOC, which combines the Direct Finite Elements in Time transcription method with Multi Agent Collaborative Search, is extended to account for model uncertainties. An Unscented Transformation is used to capture the first two statistical moments of the quantities of interest. A quantification model of the uncertainty was developed for the atmospheric model parameters. An optimisation under uncertainty was run for the design of descent trajectories for a spaceplane-based two-stage launch system.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3010
Number of pages22
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2021


  • optimal control
  • multi-objective optimisation
  • robust design
  • trajectory optimisation
  • uncertainty quantification
  • unscented transformation
  • spaceplanes
  • space systems
  • launchers


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