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Dr. Jacob Englander, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Global Search and Trajectory Optimization in Interplanetary and Cislunar Space
March 20, 2020


This presentation describes active research and development in interplanetary and cislunar trajectory optimization and global search at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Two point and parallel direct shooting transcriptions are described, along with monotonic basin hopping and batch seed sharing. Applications to the Lucy mission are presented, as well as a variety of other interplanetary and cislunar examples.


Dr. Jacob Englander

Flight Dynamics Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His research interests are interplanetary trajectory optimization and stochastic global search methods. Jacob’s responsibilities at Goddard include the Lucy and Lunar IceCube missions, various interplanetary mission proposals, and maintaining the Evolutionary Mission Trajectory Generator (EMTG) software tool.