Journal Paper Published on Satellite Optimal Maneuvers

Dr. Rick Adams and Dr. Michael Devore of Barron Associates, Inc. co-authored a paper titled “Finite-Thrust Natural-Motion Circumnavigation Injection by Convex Optimization” which has been published in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. The paper details a new methodology employing convex optimization to find a propellant-optimal finite-thrust trajectory for injecting a spacecraft into a specified natural-motion circumnavigation (NMC) orbit around another space object. The solution will enable spacecraft to autonomously conduct rendezvous and proximity operations, supporting missions such as on-orbit satellite servicing.

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