The problem considered is that of determining the acceleration program leading to minimum transfer time for a power-limited rocket moving between prescribed positions and velocities in a constant gravitational field. It is found that flight must take place at maximum power and that the thrust-acceleration components are linear functions of time. The case of rectilinear transfer between positions of rest is treated in detail, and the results are compared with those previously obtained for a constant-acceleration transfer.
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Minimum Transfer Time for a Power-Limited Rocket
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Leitmann, G. (June 1, 1961). "Minimum Transfer Time for a Power-Limited Rocket." ASME. J. Appl. Mech. June 1961; 28(2): 171–178. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3641648
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