Multiple-satellite-aided capture trajectories at Jupiter using the Laplace resonance

Authors: Lynam, Alfred1; Kloster, Kevin1; Longuski, James2

Source: Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Volume 109, Number 1, January 2011 , pp. 59-84(26)

Publisher: Springer

Buy & download fulltext article:

OR

Price: $47.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

Satellite-aided capture is a mission design concept used to reduce the delta-v required to capture into a planetary orbit. The technique employs close flybys of a massive moon to reduce the energy of the planet-centered orbit. A sequence of close flybys of two or more of the Galilean moons of Jupiter may further decrease the delta-v cost of Jupiter orbit insertion. A Ganymede-Io sequence can save 207┬ám/s of delta-v over a single Io flyby. A phase angle analysis based on the Laplace resonance is used to find triple-satellite-aided capture sequences involving Io, Europa, and Ganymede. Additionally, the near-resonance of Callisto and Ganymede is used to find triple-satellite-aided capture sequences involving Callisto, Ganymede, and another moon. A combination of these techniques is used to find quadruple-satellite-aided capture sequences that involve gravity-assists of all four Galilean moons. These sequences can save a significant amount of delta-v and have the potential to benefit both NASA’s Jupiter Europa orbiter mission and ESA’s Jupiter Ganymede orbiter mission.

Keywords: Astrodynamics; Gravity assist; Jupiter orbit insertion (JOI); Jupiter system; Laplace resonance; Mission design; Satellite-aided capture

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10569-010-9307-1

Affiliations: 1: School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, 701 W. Stadium Ave., West Lafayette, IN, 47907-2045, USA 2: School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, 701 W. Stadium Ave., West Lafayette, IN, 47907-2045, USA, Email: longuski@purdue.edu

Publication date: January 1, 2011

Related content

Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content

Text size:

A | A | A | A
Share this item with others: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. print icon Print this page