Heuristic optimization of satellite reorientation maneuvers

Mauro Pontani, Robert G. Melton

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The minimum-time spacecraft reorientation problem has a relatively short history, and consists in finding the optimal torque that ensures fulfillment of the desired final attitude conditions. Path constraints related to the existence of exclusion cones, corresponding to bright sources that the satellite sensor must avoid, are taken into account. This work investigates the problem using different heuristic techniques, including the particle swarm and the firework algorithm with inverse dynamics, the covariance matrix adaptationevolutionary strategy, and an indirect heuristic method. Moreover, the analytical conditions for the existence of optimal finite-length constrained arcs in the presence of exclusion cones are derived.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624104459
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: Sep 13 2016Sep 16 2016

Publication series

NameAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016


OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Aerospace Engineering


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