Multiple small-satellite salvage mission sequence planning for debris mitigation

Guanwei He, Robert G. Melton

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A new and efficient method, using a heuristic optimization algorithm, is presented to find the minimal propellant consumption solution for multiple dys-functional-satellite salvage mission sequence planning. The two-burn impulsive maneuver strategy is applied to simulate the transfer of the spacecraft. A space station serves as the refueling station of the spacecraft and the collection center for the dysfunctional satellites. An improved version of a genetic algorithm (GA) is applied to determine the optimal visiting sequence of the target satellites by minimizing the propellant consumption of the servicing spacecraft which transports all the satellites to the maintenance station. The transfer between two targets is represented by a simple model that contains only the planar changes and orbital maneuvers. The validity of this method has been proved for different types of orbits, and their corresponding propellant consumption is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2019
EditorsKenneth R. Horneman, Christopher Scott, Brian W. Hansen, Islam I. Hussein
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780877036654
StatePublished - 2020
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2019 - Portland, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2019Aug 15 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


ConferenceAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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