Air Refueling Tanker Scheduling
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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This thesis determined a way to schedule Strategic Air Commands air refueling tanker fleet to perform, if necessary, more than one refueling mission during a flight. A preemptive goal programming approach was adopted using three priority levels. The basic formulation was that of the generalized assignment problem. Three objectives had to be considered when performing the task, maximize the number tanker requests satisfied, maximize the number of category B requests satisfied, and minimize the total flight time to perform all of the missions. A preprocessor was developed to transform the inputs from the tanker and receiver scheduling units into a usable format to be executed by the mixed integer programming package. This preprocessor determined all of the possible refuelings that could take place, computed the flight times of the missions, and determined all of the variables to be used in the constraints and objective functions. Keywords KC-135 and KC-10 aircraft.
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