The first UK workshop on Optimisation in Space Engineering (OSE) was held on 5-6 November 2013 in Birmingham. This event jointly organised by the Turing Gateway to Mathematics (TGM), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the University of Southampton and it was hosted by the University of Birmingham.
Attended by some 22 representatives from academia and industry, this workshop aimed to provide a forum of excellence in the area of optimisation in space engineering. Participants were able to share their latest engineering problems and a number of solutions and ways forward were proposed.
Key outputs from the workshop were:
- Formation of an Optimisation in Space Engineering Working Group
- Agreement for a second larger UK Workshop on Optimisation in Space Engineering to be held 19-20 March 2014 in Cambridge
Background and Objectives
There is a need for technology improvements and further research in the area of optimisation in space engineering. Various problems such as interplanetary trajectory optimisation, optimal rendezvous guidance on non-circular spacecraft orbits, guided entry, descent and landing trajectories, were highlighted by the European Space Agency during the Polynomial Optimisation workshop that took place in August 2013 at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge.
The OSE Working Group and associated events, aim at providing space companies, universities, research institutes and organisations with a forum of excellence in the area of optimisation in space engineering. Interested parties are invited to share their latest engineering problems and proposed solutions to promote the creation and exchange of ideas, and the identification of new trends and required developments. In addition to the latest theoretical advances in the field of applied mathematics for space engineering, OSE is also devoted to mathematical tools and techniques.