Preliminary analysis and design of powered earth-mars cycling trajectories

K. Joseph Chen, Damon F. Landau, T. Troy Mcconaghy, Masataka Okutsu, James M. Longuski, Buzz Aldrin

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Abstract

We discuss preliminary results on constructing a powered cycler from semi-cycler trajectories. We present a powered cycler with reasonable transfer times and low encounter velocities. In addition, we develop a metric for evaluating cycler designs in comparison to other mission-to-Mars scenarios. The metric suggests that as vehicle mass (with respect to propellant mass) increases, the most advantageous system progresses from a "Design Reference Mission" scenario to Semi-Cyclers to Cyclers, which is highly indicative of how a human Mars transportation system might evolve.

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

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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