The next input is an integer that tells the software what type of trajectory to model.
trajectory type (1 = flyby, 2 = rendezvous)
The next input specifies what type of propulsion system to use during the simulation. Option 1 is aconstant thrust system and option 2 is a solar-electric propulsion (SEP) system.
propulsion type (1 = chemical, 2 = SEP)
The next input is the initial launch energy. This number is also called C3 which is twice the specific(per unit mass) orbital energy.
launch energy ([km/sec]**2)
The next input is the initial spacecraft mass, in kilograms.
initial spacecraft mass (kilograms)
The next two inputs define the thrust and specific impulse for a constant thrust, chemical propulsionsystem (propulsion type option 1).
thrust magnitude (newtons)
specific impulse (seconds)
The next series of inputs define the characteristics of a solar electric propulsion system (propulsionoption 2). Please see the Technical Discussion section later in this document for additional informationabout these data items and coefficients.
solar array power at 1 AU (kw)
solar array minimum and maximum power (kw)
solar array power coefficients
1.1063, 0.1495, -0.299, -0.0432, 0.0
SEP thrust magnitude coefficients
-1.9137, 36.242, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0
SEP propellant flow rate coefficients
0.47556, 0.90209, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0
The lower and upper bounds for the throttle setting are defined by the next two user inputs.
lower bound for throttle setting (0 <= bound <= 1)
upper bound for throttle setting (0 <= bound <= 1)
The software allows the user to specify an initial guess for the launch and arrival calendar dates and lower and upper bounds on the actual dates found during the optimization process. For any guess for