Which Optimizer should I use?

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Brendan Görres
Brendan Görres on 1 Dec 2018
Edited: Stephan on 1 Dec 2018
Currently I am working on a code that optimizes the flight path of an ascending rocket to a final orbit in terms of mass reduction. More precisely I would like my code to optimize my Equations of Motions so that it returns me a function alpha(t). Alpha(t) is a thrust vector control variable.
Which Optimizer should I use for that problem and why?
Hope you can help me out, thanks!

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Stephan on 1 Dec 2018
Edited: Stephan on 1 Dec 2018
this appears to be an optimal control problem. Consider to use Symbolic Math Toolbox - espacially have a look at the functionalDerivative function. If you set this expression equal to zero, it enables to get a function alpha(t) that optimizes the functional which describes your system. There are some examples given in the documentation - maybe this is the right choice to tackle your problem.
Best regards

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