Planar high-thrust and low-thrust orbital transfers from Earth to Europa

Hans Seywald, Carlos M. Roithmayr, Daniel D. Mazanek, Fredric H. Stillwagen, Patrick A. Troutman, Sang Young Park

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Abstract

Analytical formulae are summarized to approximate the evolution of the semi major axis, the maneuver time, and the final mass fraction for low thrust orbital transfers with circular initial orbit, circular target orbit, and constant thrust directed either always along or always opposite the velocity vector. For comparison, the associated results for high-thrust transfers, i.e. the two-impulse Hohmann transfer, are summarized. All results are implemented in a computer code designed to analyze planar planetary and interplanetary space missions. As a numerical example, a mission from Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) to Jupiter's moon Europa is analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-736
Number of pages20
JournalAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume114 I
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec 1
EventSpaceflight Mechanics 2003: Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - Ponce, Puerto Rico
Duration: 2003 Feb 92003 Feb 13

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  • Space and Planetary Science

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Seywald, H., Roithmayr, C. M., Mazanek, D. D., Stillwagen, F. H., Troutman, P. A., & Park, S. Y. (2003). Planar high-thrust and low-thrust orbital transfers from Earth to Europa. Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, 114 I, 717-736.
Seywald, Hans ; Roithmayr, Carlos M. ; Mazanek, Daniel D. ; Stillwagen, Fredric H. ; Troutman, Patrick A. ; Park, Sang Young. / Planar high-thrust and low-thrust orbital transfers from Earth to Europa. In: Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. 2003 ; Vol. 114 I. pp. 717-736.
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Planar high-thrust and low-thrust orbital transfers from Earth to Europa. / Seywald, Hans; Roithmayr, Carlos M.; Mazanek, Daniel D.; Stillwagen, Fredric H.; Troutman, Patrick A.; Park, Sang Young.

In: Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 114 I, 01.12.2003, p. 717-736.

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Seywald H, Roithmayr CM, Mazanek DD, Stillwagen FH, Troutman PA, Park SY. Planar high-thrust and low-thrust orbital transfers from Earth to Europa. Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. 2003 Dec 1;114 I:717-736.