Energy-saving capture at Mars via backward stable orbits

Xiangyu Li, Dong Qiao, Malcolm Macdonald

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Abstract

The orbit capture, which transfers the spacecraft from the interplanetary trajectory to the target orbit about a celestial body, is a key event in an exploration mission. A low-energy capture strategy, termed ballistic capture, has been developed and applied to lunar transfer, such as Hiten [1] and GRAIL [2]. Such capture exploits the gravitational force of the multi-body system to change the orbit energy of the spacecraft with respect to the target planet from positive to negative.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Dec 2018

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Energy Saving
mars
Energy conservation
Orbits
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Orbit
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Spacecraft
interplanetary trajectories
celestial bodies
energy
Target
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Multibody Systems
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Ballistics
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Keywords

  • Mars
  • spacecraft
  • interplanetary trajectory design
  • low energy capture strategy

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Energy-saving capture at Mars via backward stable orbits. / Li, Xiangyu; Qiao, Dong; Macdonald, Malcolm.

In: Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 30.12.2018.

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