Date of Award

January 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics


Aeronautics and Astronautics

First Advisor

Michael J Grant

Committee Member 1

James M Longuski

Committee Member 2

William A Crossley


Conceptual hypersonic mission design has typically been performed in a computationally intensive, iterative manner using direct optimization methods. The introduction of modern computing has resulted in the widespread adoption of direct methods, and useful information associated with optimal solutions has been lost. Optimization through indirect methods leverages this information, yielding high quality trajectories while reducing the dimensionality of the overall problem.