An Analytic Tool for Performance Evaluation of Air-Dropped Launchers

Luigi Ridolfi


The optimization of trajectories performed by air-dropped launcher is a new subject
in spaceflight optimization problems. Some analytical formulas are here used to drive
numerical algorithms to convergence to optimal solutions. The joint use of analytical
formulas (to provide a starting guess) and numerical iterative algorithms provides a
flexible tool able to find optimal trajectories for different configurations of launchers
dropped with different flight conditions.

[DOI: 10.1685/CSC09270] About DOI


Optimization; airdropped launchers; analytic formulas ction.

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