Low-thrust trajectories to Jupiter via gravity assists from Venus, Earth, and Mars

Masataka Okutsu, Chit Hong Yam, James M. Longuski

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Abstract

We design low-thrust gravity-assist trajectories to Jupiter via gravity assists from Venus, Earth, and Mars. Trades between time of flight, mass, and hardware specifications are examined for various flyby bodies such as Mars, Earth, Venus-Earth, and Venus-Venus. We find (locally) propellant-optimal trajectories for ranges of specific impulse and specific mass that represent present-day technologies (such as an ion thruster with a radioisotope power source) and future technologies (such as a nuclear-powered magnetoplasmadynaunic thruster which may be available in 10 to 15 years). We consider the 35-year launch period from January 2010 to December 2044.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2006
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
Pages1858-1871
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)1563478226, 9781563478222
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2006 - Keystone, CO, United States
Duration: Aug 21 2006Aug 24 2006

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2006
Volume3

Other

OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKeystone, CO
Period8/21/068/24/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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