The missions to planets outside the orbit of Mars using radial thrust propulsion and gravity assist trajectories were investigated. It was found that 5-deg thrust angle reduced the required impulsive velocity change to circularize the final orbit. The change was effected without a significant increase in burn time or total flight time. A solar-powered propulsion system was preferred during flyby transfer of the space flight from one planet to another through a middle planet as a smaller cutoff radius was produced during this transfer.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Space and Planetary Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Applied Mathematics