Launcher Ascent Optimization and Modelling

Masterthesis

Background:

Masters thesis at ESOC. Mission analysis at ESOC examines the feasibility of missions to unusual orbits or with sensitive payloads. Critical for a correct evaluation is the accurate modelling of the launcher

performance and the optimization of the ascent trajectory.

Scope of the thesis:

  • Extension and improvement of optimization algorithms for Ariane 6 launches
    • e.g. constraints regarding visibility to other satellites or ground-stations for flight safety considerations
    • improved convergence and speed by utilization of new optimization parameters
    • Modelling and implementation of attitude control and related constraints
  • Development and calibration of a model of the new VEGA-C launcher
  • Test and verification of the models with known ascent scenarios