Escape trajectories for martian moons explorer using chemical and electric propulsion

Makoto Horikawa, Takanao Saiki, Yasuhiro Kawakatsu, Hiroaki Yoshimura

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    Abstract

    This work discusses on designing fast and efficient Mars escape trajectory for Martian Moons eXplorer in the three-body system using chemical and electric propulsion. Chemical propulsion is used for fast low-energy escape from Mars and electric propulsion is used to increase v-infinity and to re-encounter with Mars for a gravity assist. We propose a method called “all-three-body method" and we compare the new method with the patched three-and-two-body method, and a parametric study is carried out. Using electric propulsion soon after Mars escape injection done by chemical propulsion, the all-three-body method would consume less fuel than patched three-and-two-body method. Limiting the use of chemical propulsion could also increase the final spacecraft mass when electric propulsion is used within 10 days after impulsive maneuver.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016
    PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
    ISBN (Print)9781624104459
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016 - Long Beach, United States
    Duration: 2016 Sep 132016 Sep 16

    Other

    OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016
    CountryUnited States
    CityLong Beach
    Period16/9/1316/9/16

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Aerospace Engineering

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    Horikawa, M., Saiki, T., Kawakatsu, Y., & Yoshimura, H. (2016). Escape trajectories for martian moons explorer using chemical and electric propulsion. In AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA.