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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