Interplanetary Flight and Non-Earth Orbits #1
- Johann Bals (DLR)
- Eric Joffre (Airbus Defence and Space)
- Mar Vaquero ()
Interplanetary trajectories and fly-by; rendezvous with asteroids and comets; libration point transfers and orbits; resonant orbits; near-Earth objects trajectories; sample return missions; trajectories involving 3rd-body perturbations; coverage of instruments and ground contacts; maintenance or orbital positions around planetary bodies; planetary tours and encounters;
In this paper, a mathematical model was developed to design and optimize interplanetary trajectories that include gravity assist. The method of patched conics and a solver of the Lambert problem transfers are used to cast the space trajectory design process as an optimization problem, subsequently solved by using MATLAB. This model has been tested to provide an overview of the processes...
Preliminary design of artificial satellite missions commonly relays on the use of simplified models that comprise the bulk of the dynamics. In the case of the gravitational potential, the amplitude of long-term oscillations of the orbital parameters is roughly one order of magnitude larger than the short-period oscillations. Because of that, dealing with just the few more relevant zonal...
It is possible to design heliocentric transfers to Mars culminating in ballistic capture and, with an impulsive-thrust strategy, these have already been studied, but were found to be less fuel-efficient and longer-lasting than Hohmann transfers. The objective of the present work is to investigate the characteristics of Earth-Mars low-thrust transfers to ballistic capture.
Small spacecraft are...