Earth--Mars Transfers with Ballistic Capture

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Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Francesco Topputo, Edward Belbruno

(Submitted on 27 Oct 2014)

We construct a new type of transfer from the Earth to Mars, which ends in ballistic capture. This results in a substantial savings in capture Δv from that of a classical Hohmann transfer under certain conditions. This is accomplished by first becoming captured at Mars, very distant from the planet, and then from there, following a ballistic capture transfer to a desired altitude within a ballistic capture set. This is achieved by manipulating the stable sets, or sets of initial conditions whose orbits satisfy a simple definition of stability. This transfer type may be of interest for Mars missions because of lower capture Δv , moderate flight time, and flexibility of launch period from the Earth.

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Dynamical Systems (math.DS); Optimization and Control (math.OC); Symplectic Geometry (math.SG)

Cite as: arXiv:1410.8856 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1410.8856v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

Submission history From: Edward Belbruno A 

[v1] Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:01:34 GMT (1001kb)

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