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Resources for Aerospace Trajectory Optimization

March 18, 2012

This blog is a collection of resources that I have found useful for understanding, selecting and implementing numerical methods for aerospace trajectory optimization.


Optimal Trajectories for Space Navigation by Derek F. Lawden, Butterworths, London, 1963.

Spacecraft Trajectory Optimization, Edited by Bruce A. Conway, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Advanced Design Problems in Aerospace Engineering, Volume 1: Advanced Aerospace Systems, Edited by Angelo Miele and Aldo Frediani, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004.

Practical Methods for Optimal Control and Estimation Using Nonlinear Programming by John. T. Betts, SIAM, 2010.

Survey Papers

“A Survey of Methods Available for the Numerical Optimization of Continuous Dynamic Systems”, by Bruce A. Conway, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 2011.

“Survey of Numerical Methods for Trajectory Optimization”, by John T. Betts, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 21, No. 2, March-April 1998.

“A Survey of Numerical Methods for Optimal Control”, by Anil V. Rao, AAS 09-334, 2009.


Applied Mathematical Analysis (Fortran object code libraries),






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