Trajectory design to mars from earth-moon system with three-dimensional transit orbits

Wataru Noma, Zhe Xu, Mai Bando, Shinji Hokamoto

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In planetary exploration, designing low-energy trajectories is important to reduce the fuel. This study focuses on the trajectory design which reduces the total ?v using three-dimensional transit orbits. There are two benefits of using transit orbits: the first one is that the design is easier than connecting manifolds of different three-body system, and the other is that a trajectory suitable for transfer to Mars can be selected by considering transit orbits with various Jacobi constant. Thus, three-dimensional transit orbits can significantly increase the freedom of trajectory design. Therefore this paper presents the three-dimensional transit orbit family with various Jacobi constant. As an application, a trajectory optimization from Moon L2 point periodic orbit to Mars is shown.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event71st International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Oct 12 2020Oct 14 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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