Accession Number:

AD0604885

Title:

THE APPLICATION OF DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING TO ORBIT TRANSFER PROCESSES,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

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Report Date:

1964-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

120.0

Abstract:

Dynamic programming is described as the mathematical theory of multistage decision processes and orbit transfer processes are considered multistage decision processes. The state variables of an orbit transfer process at any instant of time can be represented by the vehicles position and velocity components or some related set of parameters. The decision at any instant of time can be represented by the rocket thrust vector or the vehicle acceleration vector that it produces. Dynamic programming is shown to provide a method of choosing the decision vector so that the state variables follow as closely as possible some prescribed behavior.

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE