Analysis and design of WSB transfers for the European Student Moon Orbiter mission

Daniel Novak*, Willem Van Der Weg, Gianfranco Laguardia, Stuart Grey, Tao Yang, Manuel Mercier

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This paper presents the study performed at mission analysis level for the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO). The baseline transfer, selected for the voyage to the Moon, exploits the Weak Stability Boundary (WSB) region of the Earth-Sun-Moon system. This study presents the trajectory design and navigation analysis for the transfer, the visibility of the ground stations and the eclipse analysis of the target Moon orbit. The launch window analysis represents a key point of this study since the spacecraft will be launched as secondary payload and thus, the orientation of the initial GTO will depend on the primary spacecraft. Furthermore, the survivability of the spacecraft at the Moon depends on the arrival geometry. Eclipse and ground station access conditions are analysed to guarantee the correct injection into the desired target orbit for every possible launch date. In particular, a solution is proposed to avoid long Earth eclipses while orbiting the Moon.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication59th International Astronautical Congress 2008
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 29 September - 3 October 2008, Glasgow, Scotland
Place of PublicationParis
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2008
Event59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Sept 20083 Oct 2008


Conference59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO)
  • launch window analysis
  • Weak Stability Boundary (WSB)


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