Gravity Assist Trajectory Optimization

Using GMAT for specific types of missions.

Gravity Assist Trajectory Optimization

Postby RedLabel » Fri May 12, 2017 10:07 pm

I want to carry out a launch/arrival space analysis for trajectories to the outer planets using Jupiter as a gravity assist body. Assuming only a launch delta-V (i.e. no TCMs), I want to have each run minimize the Earth launch Delta-V assuming an Earth launch date, minimum Jupiter flyby radii and arrival date at the target planet. GMAT would generate the optimum trajectory giving me the Jupiter flyby date and conditions.

Will GMAT do this? Is there a tutorial that will get me started?
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