Space transportation system and infrastructure design for regular interplanetary cargo missions

Hao Chen, Hang Woon Lee, Koki Ho

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Abstract

This paper develops a computationally efficient and scalable mission planning optimization method for a regular interplanetary transportation missions over a long time horizon. As more sustainable and long-term manned missions to Mars are being conceptualized, the need for a reliable and regular interplanetary cargo transportation system has also become increasingly prominent. However, planning the regular cargo transportation mission with the existing problem formulation had a limitation in computational scalability in the time dimension. The proposed method, or also termed as partially periodic time-expanded network, is constructed to compensate the past studies’ limitations and is shown to be computationally scalable and also capable of generating solutions that are practically preferred. A case study reveals the convergence of the initial mass low-Earth orbit (IMLEO) of the regular missions to the theoretical optimal solution as the number of cargo transportation missions increases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Edition203999
ISBN (Print)9781624104831
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
EventAIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, SPACE 2017 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Sep 12 2017Sep 14 2017

Publication series

NameAIAA SPACE and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, SPACE 2017
Number203999

Other

OtherAIAA Space and Astronautics Forum and Exposition, SPACE 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period9/12/179/14/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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