On testing global optimization algorithms for space trajectory design

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In this paper we discuss the procedures to test a global search algorithm applied to a space trajectory design problem. Then, we present some performance indexes that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of global optimization algorithms. The performance indexes are then compared highlighting the actual significance of each one of them. A number of global optimization algorithms are tested on four typical space trajectory design problems. From the results of the proposed testing procedure we infer for each pair algorithm-problem the relation between the heuristics implemented in the solution algorithm and the main characteristics of the problem under investigation. From this analysis we derive a novel interpretation of some evolutionary heuristics, based on dynamical system theory and we significantly improve the performance of one of the tested algorithms.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2008
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2008 - Hawaii, United States
Duration: 18 Aug 200821 Aug 2008


ConferenceAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • global optimization
  • space trajectory design


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