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A Traffic Model for the International Space Station: An MIP Approach

Giorgio Fasano(giorgio.fasano***at***thalesaleniaspace.com)

Abstract: The International Space Station poses very challenging issues from the logistic point of view. Its on-orbit stay is to be significantly extended in the near future and ever increasing experimental activity in microgravity is expected, giving rise to a renewed interest in the related optimization aspects. A permanent logistic support is necessary to guarantee its operational working, as well as the performing of the scientific activity on board. A traffic model, based on a Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MIP) approach, has been adopted to carry out the requested logistic planes. It is discussed in this chapter providing some insights concerning the topical applicative context.

Keywords: International Space Station (ISS) logistic support/plan, European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), traffic model, on-board resource re-supply, Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MIP) approach.

Category 1: Applications -- Science and Engineering

Category 2: Integer Programming ((Mixed) Integer Linear Programming )

Category 3: Applications -- OR and Management Sciences

Citation: 'A Traffic Model for the International Space Station: An MIP Approach', by Giorgio Fasano. In Giorgio Fasano and János D. Pintér, Eds. Modeling and Optimization in Space Engineering. Springer Optimization and Its Applications, pp 215-233, 2013

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Entry Submitted: 04/25/2016
Entry Accepted: 04/25/2016
Entry Last Modified: 04/25/2016

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