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The Lunar IceCube Mission Design: Construction of Feasible Transfer Trajectories with a Constrained Departure
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Author and Affiliation:
Folta, David C.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD United States);
Bosanac, Natasha(Purdue Univ., School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, West Lafayette, IN, United States);
Cox, Andrew(Purdue Univ., School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, West Lafayette, IN, United States);
Howell, Kathleen C.(Purdue Univ., School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, West Lafayette, IN, United States)
Abstract: Lunar IceCube, a 6U CubeSat, will prospect for water and other volatiles from a low-periapsis, highly inclined elliptical lunar orbit. Injected from Exploration Mission-1, a lunar gravity assisted multi-body transfer trajectory will capture into a lunar science orbit. The constrained departure asymptote and value of trans-lunar energy limit transfer trajectory types that re-encounter the Moon with the necessary energy and flight duration. Purdue University and Goddard Space Flight Center's Adaptive Trajectory Design tool and dynamical system research is applied to uncover cislunar spatial regions permitting viable transfer arcs. Numerically integrated transfer designs applying low-thrust and a design framework are described.
Publication Date: Feb 14, 2016
Document ID:
20160001848
(Acquired Feb 17, 2016)
Subject Category: SPACE TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY; LUNAR AND PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION
Report/Patent Number: AAS 16-285, GSFC-E-DAA-TN29467
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting; 26th; 14-18 Feb. 2016; Napa, CA; United States
Meeting Sponsor: American Astronautical Society; Springfield, VA, United States
American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Reston, VA, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNX13AM17G
Financial Sponsor: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD United States
Organization Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD United States
Description: 21p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: LUNAR TRAJECTORIES; MISSION PLANNING; CISLUNAR SPACE; DEPLOYMENT; FLYBY MISSIONS; LUNAR ORBITS; FLIGHT PATHS; ENERGY TRANSFER; ELLIPTICAL ORBITS; LUNAR SPACECRAFT; CONSTRUCTION; SPACECRAFT MOTION
Other Descriptors: LUNAR ICECUBE; EARTH-MOON; CIS-LUNAR
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