Global search for low-thrust transfers to the Moon in the planar circular restricted three-body problem

Kenta Oshima, Stefano Campagnola, Tomohiro Yanao

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    This paper globally searches for low-thrust transfers to the Moon in the planar, circular, restricted, three-body problem. Propellant-mass optimal trajectories are computed with an indirect method, which implements the necessary conditions of optimality based on the Pontryagin principle. We present techniques to reduce the dimension of the set over which the required initial costates are searched. We obtain a wide range of Pareto solutions in terms of time of flight and mass consumption. Using the Tisserand–Poincaré graph, a number of solutions are shown to exploit high-altitude lunar flybys to reduce fuel consumption.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-20
    Number of pages20
    JournalCelestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017 Feb 2



    • High-altitude flyby
    • Low-thrust transfer
    • Pareto solution
    • Planar circular restricted three-body problem
    • Tisserand–Poincaré graph

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Space and Planetary Science

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