Trajectory and system analysis for outer-planet solar electric propulsion missions

Byoungsam Woo, Victoria Coverstone, John W. Hartmann, Michael Cupples

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Abstract

Outer-planet mission and systems analyses are performed using three next-generation solar-electric ion thruster models. The impact of variations in thruster model, flight time, launch vehicle, propulsion and power systems characteristics is investigated. All presented trajectories have a single Venus gravity assist and maximize the delivered mass to Saturn or Neptune. The effect of revolution ratio - the ratio of Venusian orbital period to the flight time between launch and flyby dates - is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-516
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Trajectory and system analysis for outer-planet solar electric propulsion missions. / Woo, Byoungsam; Coverstone, Victoria; Hartmann, John W.; Cupples, Michael.

In: Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 42, No. 3, 01.01.2005, p. 510-516.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Woo, Byoungsam ; Coverstone, Victoria ; Hartmann, John W. ; Cupples, Michael. / Trajectory and system analysis for outer-planet solar electric propulsion missions. In: Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 2005 ; Vol. 42, No. 3. pp. 510-516.
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