Student NameValeria Torres
Faculty Mentor NameAnil Rao
CollegeCollege of Engineering
MajorMechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Research InterestsOrbital Mechanics, Numerical optimization, Controls
Academic AwardsCollege of Engineering Dean's List
OrganizationsSociety of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Theta Tau
Hobbies and InterestsTraveling, Movies, Running, Swimming

Research Project

Optimal Low-Thrust Orbital Transfer Between Low-Earth and Medium-Earth Orbits

A numerical optimization study of low-thrust orbital transfer will be considered. The problem will be to transfer a spacecraft between two earth orbits with the idea of performing a rendezvous of a chaser spacecraft with a target spacecraft. The problem will be modeled using the full nonlinear dynamics. Typical low-Earth orbits will be considered (for example, rendezvous with the International Space Station orbit from another low-Earth orbit). Both minimum-time and minimum-fuel transfers will be considered.