Launch Manifesting Optimization

An on-orbit assembled telescope, like other multi-component missions, will require a new set of tools in order to best design launch campaigns. Such complex mission proposals require many segmented components to be launched at varying times to facilitate assembly or different mission phases. In contrast to the assembly of the International Space Station—the most ambitious segmented on-orbit project to date—such missions will likely have many possible launch vehicles available with differing constraints and costs. Packing components into a launch vehicle fairing is one of the most notable constraints, given that components may not be designed around the capacity of a Shuttle payload bay and may instead be able to ride on any number of rockets emerging from the commercial sector.

This work is in collaboration with NASA JPL’s iSAT investigation. Paper forthcoming in IAC 2019!