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Course Undergraduate
Semester Electives
Subject Code AE484
Subject Title Space Mission Design and Optimization


Launch vehicle ascent trajectory design – reentry trajectory design – low thrust trajectory design – satellite constellation design – rendezvous mission design – ballistic lunar and interplanetary trajectory design – basics of optimal control theory – mission design elements for various missions – space flight trajectory optimization – direct and indirect optimization techniques – restricted 3-body problem – Lagrangian points – mission design to Lagrangian point.

Text Books

1. Osborne, G. F. and Ball, K. J., Space Vehicle Dynamics, Oxford Univ. Press (1967).

2. Hale, F. J., Introduction to Space Flight, Prentice Hall (1994).

3. Naidu, D. S., Optimal Control Systems, CRC Press (2003).


1. Chobotov, V., Orbital Mechanics, AIAA Edu. Series (2002).

2. Griffin, M. D. and French, J. R., Space Vehicle Design, 2nd ed., AIAA (2004).

3. Newcomb, R. W. and Kirk, D. E., Optimal Control Theory: An Introduction, Prentice Hall (1990).

4. Bulirsch, R., Miele, A., Stoer, J., and Well, K. H. (Eds.), Optimal Control: Calculus of Variations, Optimal Control Theory and Numerical Methods, Birkhauser Verlag (1993).