R V RAMANAN
Articles written in Sadhana
Volume 46 All articles Published: 1 February 2021 Article ID 0001
Transfers from geosynchronous transfer orbits (GTO) to geosynchronous orbits (GSO) using electric propulsion have been optimized in the current study. Both time-optimal and fuel-optimal trajectories are generated. Three-dimensional equations of motion are considered for the system dynamics. The indirect approach based on optimal control theory is followed and the resulting two-point boundary value problem is solved using differential evolution, a search-based global optimization technique. Optimal trajectories for various mission scenarios are obtained using differential evolution and compared to transfers presented in literature.