Globally optimal coplanar timefree hard rendezvous
Abstract
The fueloptimal transfer to a set of orbits having a common point with a given orbit is examined. The global character of the optimal solution is understood in the sense of the global satisfaction of the Pontriagin maximum principle. If it is assumed that the motion of the maneuvering spacecraft is limited by the initialorbit plane, the final set will be a set of orbits situated in the initialorbit plane and containing at least one of two points: orbit nodes of the passive spacecraft.
 Publication:

Leningradskii Universitet Vestnik Matematika Mekhanika Astronomiia
 Pub Date:
 July 1985
 Bibcode:
 1985VeLen.......83A
 Keywords:

 Fuel Consumption;
 Orbital Rendezvous;
 Pontryagin Principle;
 Rendezvous Guidance;
 Trajectory Optimization;
 Transfer Orbits;
 Coplanarity;
 Hamiltonian Functions;
 Maximum Principle;
 Newton Theory;
 Set Theory;
 Astrodynamics