Cover: On the Use of the Calculus of Variations in Trajectory Optimization Problems

On the Use of the Calculus of Variations in Trajectory Optimization Problems

Published 1963

by D. G. Stechert


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A presentation of the methodology required in the use of the calculus of variations and its application to a number of trajectory problems. The Memorandum explains the close relationship between the ballistic perturbation theory and the calculus of variations. The perturbation theory is then applied to the case of the trajectory in a constant gravity field.

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