Accession Number:

AD0425513

Title:

ORBITAL TRANSFER WITH MINIMUM FUEL

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1963-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

An extension is made of the problem of scheduling the direction p of constant momentum thrust of a rocket, which loses mass at a constant rate, so that it transfers to a known earth satellite orbit in minimum time T after launching. A numerical solution was obtained, using rectangular coordinates, for the case of fixed launching conditions. The method is extended to solve the problem of orbital transfer of such a rocket with minimum fuel consumption.

Subject Categories:

  • Fuels
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE