Optimised GTO-GEO transfer using low-thrust propulsion

Marilena Di Carlo, Massimiliano Vasile, Stephen Kemble

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This paper proposes a global optimisation of the low-thrust transfers from GTO to GEO incorporating different types of perturbation. The trajectory transcription method makes use of an analytical solution of the perturbed Keplerian motion together with a simple direct collocation of the thrust arcs. The paper will show that low-thrust GTO to GEO transfers exhibit a number of local minima with a small but not negligible difference. The paper presents different strategies to explore the set of local minima and shows a number of locally optimal solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2017
Event31st International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS) -
Duration: 3 Jun 20179 Jun 2017


Conference31st International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS)
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  • GTO-GEO transfer
  • electric propulsion
  • trajectory optimisation
  • low-thrust
  • astronautics


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