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Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Dr. Yechiel Crispin
Dr. Ossama Abdelkhalik
Dr. Eric Perrell
Trajectory optimization is and will remain a hot topic in the engineering field. Because analytical or exact solutions are often difficult and sometimes impossible to compute, there is a need for alternative and efficient methods. UnderWater Vehicles (UWV) trajectories and rendezvous trajectories of continuous low-thrust spacecraft are examined. One of the methods to solve such problems is the Genetic Algorithm (GA) method. In this work, a GA has been developed using Matlab®. It treats possible solutions to the studied problems as individuals and eventually converges to an optimal or near optimal solution. Genetic Algorithms have been used previously to solve chaser-target type of rendezvous trajectoties. Here, active rendezvous trajectories have been succesfully solved using Genetic Algorithms.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Ricour, Marie Emmanuelle, "Optimization of Active Rendezvous Trajectories by Genetic Algorithms" (2006). Theses - Daytona Beach. 235.