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Low-Thrust Orbit Transfer Optimization using a Combined Method

International Journal of Computer Applications
© 2014 by IJCA Journal
Volume 89 - Number 4
Year of Publication: 2014
R. Esmaelzadeh

R Esmaelzadeh. Article: Low-Thrust Orbit Transfer Optimization using a Combined Method. International Journal of Computer Applications 89(4):20-24, March 2014. Full text available. BibTeX

	author = {R. Esmaelzadeh},
	title = {Article: Low-Thrust Orbit Transfer Optimization using a Combined Method},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2014},
	volume = {89},
	number = {4},
	pages = {20-24},
	month = {March},
	note = {Full text available}


A genetic algorithm is used together with calculus of variations to optimize an interplanetary trajectory for the Bryson-Ho Earth-to-Mars orbit transfer problem. The global search properties of genetic algorithm combine with the local search capabilities of calculus of variations to produce solutions that are superior to those generated with the calculus of variations alone, and these solutions require less user interaction than previously possible. The genetic algorithm is not hampered by ill-behaved gradients and is relatively insensitive to problems with a small radius of convergence, allowing it to optimize trajectories for which solutions had not yet been obtained. The use of the calculus of variations within the genetic algorithm optimization routine increased the precision of the final solution to levels uncommon for a genetic algorithm.


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