A low-thrust version of the Aldrin cycler

K. Joseph Chen, T. Troy Mcconaghy, Masataka Okutsu, James M. Longuski

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Abstract

In this paper we seek a low-thrust version of a cycler orbit between Earth and Mars known as the Aldrin cycler. The principal goal is to design trajectories that have low flyby V at both planets while minimizing the total propellant cost. Our research is aided by several powerful software tools, including a recently developed low-thrust optimizer. With these tools, we are able to produce several promising low-thrust versions of Aldrin cyclers. Our analysis shows that such cyclers can significantly reduce the total propellant cost.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781624101243
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit 2002 - Monterey, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 5 2002Aug 8 2002

Publication series

NameAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit

Other

OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit 2002
CountryUnited States
CityMonterey, CA
Period8/5/028/8/02

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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    Chen, K. J., Mcconaghy, T. T., Okutsu, M., & Longuski, J. M. (2002). A low-thrust version of the Aldrin cycler. In AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit (AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc..