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Orbital Maneuvers Using Low Thrust and Perturbations Forces

Grant number: 11/24076-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): April 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Aerospace Engineering - Flight Dynamics
Principal Investigator:Antônio Fernando Bertachini de Almeida Prado
Grantee:Thais Carneiro Oliveira
Host Institution: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (Brasil). São José dos Campos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/21983-2 - Optimal maneuvers using low-thrust propulsion to correct effects of perturbation forces, BE.EP.DR


The main goal of the present proposal is to continue the study of the methods used in the calculation of optimal space trajectories, from the point of view of minimum fuel consumption for a spacecraft to travel between two given orbits. Several choices for the dynamics, controller and optimization techniques will be considered. Classical methods (Hohmann transfer, bi-elliptical transfer, etc...) and modern methods (using gravitational capture and swing-bys) will be studied. There are many goals that this project is willing to reach. The main one is the realization of new and original research to generalize and/or amplify existent results and to develop new methods.

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