Trade space visualization applied to Lambert's Problem for elliptical insertion orbits

David B. Spencer, Brian S. Shank

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This paper investigates the solution of Lamberts Problem for targets in elliptical orbits. A mission design software framework to determine the optimal interplanetary trajectory and final capture orbit based on mission constraints and requirements between a departure and arrival body has been developed. Integration of a trade space visualization tool, such as the Applied Research Laboratory Trade Space Visualizer software permits a mission designer to visually inspect the multi-dimensional trade space and investigate regions of feasible trajectories. This analysis process can provide a mission designer with the capability to reduce the amount of time needed to design interplanetary trajectories by reducing the number of feasible solutions that would need to be investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-257
Number of pages15
JournalActa Astronautica
StatePublished - May 1 2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering

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