This volume presents a selection of studies that address a substantial list of key challenges arising in space engineering. The contributing authors are well-recognized researchers and practitioners in space engineering and in applied optimization. Novel points of view such as computational global optimization, multidisciplinary design optimization and optimal control theory are emphasized and both mathematical modeling and algorithmic aspects are discussed. Classic space application problems, such as trajectory optimization, are presented together with systems engineering and logistics aspects, such as propulsion system design and cargo accommodation. A particular attention is paid to the scenarios expected for future interplanetary explorations. Modeling and Optimization in Space Engineering will benefit researchers and practitioners in the field of space engineering, as well as aerospace graduate and post-graduate students willing to broaden their academic knowledge, by studying real-world applications and challenging problems that they will be likely to tackle in their future professional activities.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.