An application of dynamic programming to the determination of optimal satellite trajectories.

by Richard Ernest Bellman, Stuart E. Dreyfus

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A discussion of a simplified satellite trajectory problem, corresponding to a flat earth assumption, first treated by Okhotsimskii and Eneev. A numerical solution based on the functional-equation technique of dynamic programming is presented, together with a proof of the fundamental result in the analytic solution. The same computational approach can be applied to more realistic trajectory problems. 18 pp.

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