Trajectory and system analysis for outer-planet solar electric propulsion missions

Byoungsam Woo, Victoria L. Coverstone, John W. Hartmann, Michael Cupples

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Outer-planet mission and systems analyses are performed using three next-generation solar-electric ion thruster models. The impact of variations in thruster model, flight time, launch vehicle, propulsion and power systems characteristics is investigated. All presented trajectories have a single Venus gravity assist and maximize the delivered mass to Saturn or Neptune. The effect of revolution ratio - the ratio of Venusian orbital period to the flight time between launch and flyby dates - is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-516
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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