Fuel optimal spiral maneuvers for multispacecraft interferometric imaging systems in deep space
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In this paper, the design of minimum fuel maneuvers for multi-spacecraft interferometric imaging systems is studied. It is argued that the underlying optimization problem is computationally intractable, and thus it is necessary to resort to heuristics in order to solve the problem. In this document as an application of the methodology developed, we find fuel optimal maneuvers for a deep space imaging application. We extend the methodology to any number of spacecraft in symmetrical formation and calculate the fuel consumption and power requirements of the system in order to gain knowledge about the feasibility of such maneuvers.
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Ramirez, J., & Chakravorty, S.