Escape trajectories for martian moons explorer using chemical and electric propulsion

Makoto Horikawa, Takanao Saiki, Yasuhiro Kawakatsu, Hiroaki Yoshimura

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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

Publication series

NameAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016


OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Aerospace Engineering


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