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Spacecraft planetary capture using gravity assist manoeuvres

Macdonald, M. and McInnes, C.R. (2005) Spacecraft planetary capture using gravity assist manoeuvres. Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 28 (2). pp. 365-369. ISSN 0731-5090

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If the arrival speed at a target body can be increased from the very low hyperbolic excesses required to perform a low-thrust capture maneuver, then potentially significant savings can be made in the heliocentric mission duration if a bound orbit about the target planet can be maintained. We define a bound orbit as having an apoapsis that is positive but less than infinity; however, because this is not a practical limit and is instead a theoretical limit we examine the impact of reducing the target apoapsis to more realistic and useful values within specific case studies. Furthermore, an increase in arrival velocity can be expected to yield a benefit in mission launch mass.

Item type: Article
ID code: 6253
Keywords: spacecraft, planets, space travel, guidance systems, gravity, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Applied Mathematics, Control and Systems Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Space and Planetary Science, Aerospace Engineering
Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2008
Last modified: 20 Oct 2015 12:20

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