Optimization of Low Thrust Spacecraft Trajectories Using a Genetic Algorithm.
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This thesis concerns the use of genetic algorithms in the optimization of the trajectories of low thrust spacecraft. Genetic algorithms are programming tools which use the principles of biological evolution and adaptation to optimize processes. These algorithms have been found to be very useful in many different engineering disciplines. The goal of this project is to determine their applicability to the generation and optimization of low thrust spacecraft trajectories. This thesis describes the basic operating principles of genetic algorithms and then applies them to two different missions.
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