Approach for optimal multi-rendezvous trajectory design for active debris removal

J. Murakami, Shinji Hokamoto

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Abstract

This paper proposes a method for designing a rendezvous trajectory for active debris removal using Lambert's problem. For the active debris removal mission, it is preferable to remove multiple target debris in sequence during a single mission with a low required ΔV. The trajectory design process for the removal mission consists of the following three steps: selection of the removal target debris from among many candidates; specification of the rendezvous order for the chosen debris; and design of the rendezvous transfer orbits. Since Lambert's problem has multiple solutions, the design process requires a large number of computations. By limiting the debris removal mission to low-Earth orbit, this paper proposes a procedure to specify a unique solution for Lambert's problem. To demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed procedure, this paper deals with a simple rendezvous for three debris as an example, and applies a genetic algorithm to find a solution having a reasonable ΔV with low calculation cost. Numerical results show that the proposed design procedure can find a reasonable solution for the multiple rendezvous problem.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication61st International Astronautical Congress 2010, IAC 2010
Pages6013-6018
Number of pages6
Volume7
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event61st International Astronautical Congress 2010, IAC 2010 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Sep 27 2010Oct 1 2010

Other

Other61st International Astronautical Congress 2010, IAC 2010
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period9/27/1010/1/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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    Murakami, J., & Hokamoto, S. (2010). Approach for optimal multi-rendezvous trajectory design for active debris removal. In 61st International Astronautical Congress 2010, IAC 2010 (Vol. 7, pp. 6013-6018)