Computer program for optimum low-thrust orbit transfers

by J. A. Jolissaint

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A description of a digital computer program written in FORTRAN IV, which mathematically simulates a multistage low-thrust orbit transfer process. The process provides a means of transferring a space vehicle from some initial orbit to a desired terminal orbit along an optimum path with respect to some given performance criteria. Written to serve as a reference manual, the Memorandum offers a general description of the program and its capabilities, a set of instructions, a complete description of each routine, and two numerical examples. Appendixes contain a listing of all routines and a program for computing point-to-point, two-body orbits. 125 pp.

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