In the language of optimal control theory, this problem is a “continuous system with functions of the state variables prescribed at a fixed terminal time”. The numerical example given in the text is a continuous, low-thrust coplanar orbit transfer from Earth to Mars. The orbits of the planets are assumed to be circular and coplanar, and the total transfer time is about 193 days.
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