Optimal low thrust trajectories combined with an aeroassist maneuver about Mars

Aaron J. Trask, Victoria L. Coverstone

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This paper presents various optimal powered aeroassisted orbit transfers using solar electric propulsion. These trajectories use a combination of solar electric propulsion and controlled atmospheric perturbations. Single revolution coplanar and plane change trajectories are considered about Mars. The objective of the coplanar trajectory is to circularize the orbit and the objective of the plane change trajectory is to minimize the absolute value of the inclination. Optimal trajectories are presented for both mission objectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1557-1575
Number of pages19
JournalAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume108 II
StatePublished - 2001
EventProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 11 2001Feb 15 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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