Constrained Multi-Level Algorithm for Trajectory Optimization

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The emphasis on low cost access to space inspired many recent developments in the methodology of trajectory optimization. Ref.1 uses a spectral patching method for optimization, where global orthogonal polynomials are used to describe the dynamical constraints. A two-tier approach of optimization is used in Ref.2 for a missile mid-course trajectory optimization. A hybrid analytical/numerical approach is described in Ref.3, where an initial analytical vacuum solution is taken and gradually atmospheric effects are introduced. Ref.4 emphasizes the fact that the nonlinear constraints which occur in the initial and middle portions of the trajectory behave very nonlinearly with respect the variables making the optimization very difficult to solve in the direct and indirect shooting methods. The problem is further made complex when different phases of the trajectory have different objectives of optimization and also have different path constraints. Such problems can be effectively addressed by multi-level optimization. In the multi-level methods reported so far, optimization is first done in identified sub-level problems, where some coordination variables are kept fixed for global iteration. After all the sub optimizations are completed, higher-level optimization iteration with all the coordination and main variables is done. This is followed by further sub system optimizations with new coordination variables. This process is continued until convergence. In this paper we use a multi-level constrained optimization algorithm which avoids the repeated local sub system optimizations and which also removes the problem of non-linear sensitivity inherent in the single step approaches. Fall-zone constraints, structural load constraints and thermal constraints are considered. In this algorithm, there is only a single multi-level sequence of state and multiplier updates in a framework of an augmented Lagrangian. Han Tapia multiplier updates are used in view of their special role in diagonalised methods, being the only single update with quadratic convergence. For a single level, the diagonalised multiplier method (DMM) is described in Ref.5. The main advantage of the two-level analogue of the DMM approach is that it avoids the inner loop optimizations required in the other methods. The scheme also introduces a gradient change measure to reduce the computational time needed to calculate the gradients. It is demonstrated that the new multi-level scheme leads to a robust procedure to handle the sensitivity of the constraints, and the multiple objectives of different trajectory phases. Ref. 1. Fahroo, F and Ross, M., " A Spectral Patching Method for Direct Trajectory Optimization" The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol.48, 2000, pp.269-286 Ref. 2. Phililps, C.A. and Drake, J.C., "Trajectory Optimization for a Missile using a Multitier Approach" Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol.37, 2000, pp.663-669 Ref. 3. Gath, P.F., and Calise, A.J., " Optimization of Launch Vehicle Ascent Trajectories with Path Constraints and Coast Arcs", Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 24, 2001, pp.296-304 Ref. 4. Betts, J.T., " Survey of Numerical Methods for Trajectory Optimization", Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol.21, 1998, pp. 193-207 Ref. 5. Adimurthy, V., " Launch Vehicle Trajectory Optimization", Acta Astronautica, Vol.15, 1987, pp.845-850.

Adimurthy, V.; Tandon, S. R.; Jessy, Antony; Kumar, C. Ravi