This paper presents the method created by the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) team in the 10th China Trajectory Optimization Competition, which entails a 3-year observation mission of 180 regions on Jupiter. The proposed method can be divided into three steps. First, a preliminary analysis and evaluation via an analytical method is undertaken to decide whether the third subtask of the mission, i.e., exploring the Galilean moons, should be ignored. Second, a near-optimal orbit for magnetic field observation is designed by solving an analytical equation. Third, a set of observation windows and their sequence are optimized using a customized genetic algorithm. The final index obtained is 354.505, ranking second out of all teams partaking in the competition.
Astrodynamics – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 3, 2020