Effects of gravity-assist timing on outer-planet missions using solar-electric propulsion

Byoungsam Woo, Victoria L. Coverstone, Michael Cupples

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Abstract

Missions to the outer planets for spacecraft with a solar-electric propulsion system (SEPS) and that utilize a single Venus gravity assist are investigated. The trajectories maximize the delivered mass to the target planet for a range of flight times. A comparison of the trajectory characteristics (delivered mass, launch energy and onboard propulsive energy) is made for various Venus gravity assist opportunities. Methods to estimate the delivered mass to the outer planets are developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Pages1613-1622
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference - Providence, RI, United States
Duration: Aug 16 2004Aug 19 2004

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Volume3

Other

OtherCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
CountryUnited States
CityProvidence, RI
Period8/16/048/19/04

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Woo, B., Coverstone, V. L., & Cupples, M. (2004). Effects of gravity-assist timing on outer-planet missions using solar-electric propulsion. In Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference (pp. 1613-1622). [AIAA 2004-5397] (Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference; Vol. 3).