Small Satellites

Orbital and attitude dynamics and control

Global Trajectory Optimization Competition

May 4, 2017

The traditional contest of Global Trajectory Optimization Competition (GTOC) is finished. A record number of teams from all over the world – 69 – decided to participate in the GTOC 9 held in April 2017. The competetion was organized by the previous GTOC's winner, ESA's Advanced Concepts Team led by Dario Izzo. Our team, comprised of young KIAM researchers and MIPT students, took part in the GTOC for the first time. 

Not everything went smooth but, nonetheless, our group became the only Russian team who submitted a solution to a very complicated optimization problem of active debris removal. Out of 123 space debris objects, we managed to fly by and remove 112 within 8 years, which was enough for the 26th place. The winner is absolutely the best team from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The goal we set for the next GTOC in Fall 2018 is to be in the Top 10.