The paper presents the trajectory designed by the Italian joint team Politecnico di Torino & Sapienza Università di Roma (Team5), winner of the 6th edition of the Global Trajectory Optimization Competition (GTOC6). In the short time available in these competitions, Team5 resorted to basic knowledge, simple tools and a powerful indirect optimization procedure. The mission concerns a 4-year tour of the Jupiter Galilean moons. The paper explains the strategy that was preliminarily devised and eventually implemented by looking for a viable trajectory. The first phase is a capture that moves the spacecraft from the arrival hyperbola to a low-energy orbit around Jupiter. Six series of flybys follow; in each one the spacecraft orbits Jupiter in resonance with a single moon; criteria to construct efficient chains of resonant flybys are presented. Transfer legs move the spacecraft from resonance with a moon to another one; precise phasing of the relevant moons is required; mission opportunities in a 11-year launch window are found by assuming ballistic trajectories and coplanar circular orbits for the Jovian satellites. The actual trajectory is found by using an indirect technique. © 2014 IAA.
Tour of Jupiter Galilean moons: Winning solution of GTOC6 / Colasurdo, Guido; Zavoli, Alessandro; Longo, Alessandro; Lorenzo, Casalino; Francesco, Simeoni. - In: ACTA ASTRONAUTICA. - ISSN 0094-5765. - STAMPA. - 102:(2014), pp. 190-199. [10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.06.003]