Accession Number : ADA017315

Title :   An Algorithm for Minimum-Fuel Two-Impulse Rendezvous.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Bloom,Richard L.

Report Date : SEP 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 70

Abstract : A computational algorithm is developed for finding the minimum-fuel two-impulse rendezvous trajectory between an interceptor and a target spacecraft whose orbits are initially specified. The parametric optimization is based on restricted two-body dynamics and is applicable to rendezvous between non-coplanar ellipses. A minimum allowable perigee radius constraint is incorporated to insure the resulting two-body trajectory does not inadvertently lead to re-entry. The algorithm is implemented in a Fortran 4 computer program and some typical results are included.

Descriptors :   *Rendezvous spacecraft, *Rendezvous trajectories, Rendezvous guidance, Transfer trajectories, FORTRAN, Computer programs, Perigee, Theses

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE