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Trade Study of Decomissioning Strategies for the International Space Station

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Title: Trade Study of Decomissioning Strategies for the International Space Station
Author: Herbort, Eric
Advisor: Spanos, Pol D.
Degree: Master of Science thesis
Abstract: This thesis evaluates decommissioning strategies for the International Space Station ISS. A permanent solution is attempted by employing energy efficient invariant manifolds that arise in the circular restricted three body problem CRTBP to transport the ISS from its low Earth orbit LEO to a lunar orbit. Although the invariant manifolds provide efficient transport, getting the the ISS onto the manifolds proves quite expensive, and the trajectories take too long to complete. Therefore a more practical, although temporary, solution consisting of an optimal re-boost maneuver with the European Space Agency's automated transfer vehicle ATV is proposed. The optimal re-boost trajectory is found using control parameterization and the sequential quadratic programming SQP algorithm. The model used for optimization takes into account the affects of atmospheric drag and gravity perturbations. The optimal re-boost maneuver produces a satellite lifetime of approximately ninety-five years using a two ATV strategy.
Citation: Herbort, Eric. (2012) "Trade Study of Decomissioning Strategies for the International Space Station." Masters Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/64707.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/64707
Date: 2012-09-05

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