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Mission analysis of Hevelius-lunar microsatellite mission

Scarì, Ettore and Ceriotti, Matteo and Colombo, Camilla and Vasile, Massimiliano (2005) Mission analysis of Hevelius-lunar microsatellite mission. In: 56th International Astronautical Congress, 2005-10-17 - 2005-10-21.

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This paper describes the mission analysis and design of the 'Hevelius - Lunar Microsatellite Mission'. The main goal of the overall mission is to place a net-lander on the far side of the Moon to perform some scientific experiments. Two different satellites have been designed to achieve this objective: a microsatellite orbiter to support the net-lander and a carrier spacecraft to transport the net-lander. An L2 Halo orbit has been selected for the orbiter in order to have a constant communication link between the landers and the Earth. The invariant manifolds of the Earth-Moon system have been used to design a low cost transfer trajectory to the L2 Halo orbit. Prior to the beginning of landing operations the carrier is parked into a frozen orbit after a WSB transfer. Finally the descent and landing phases have been designed in order to accomplish the final goals. The whole mission analysis and design process has been driven by the need for a low cost and low risk mission.