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Targeting Cislunar Near Rectilinear Halo Orbits for Human Space ExplorationPart of the challenge of charting a human exploration space architecture is finding locations to stage missions to multiple destinations. To that end, a specific subset of Earth-Moon halo orbits, known as Near Rectilinear Halo Orbits (NRHOs) are evaluated. In this paper, a systematic process for generating full ephemeris based ballistic NRHOs is outlined, different size NRHOs are examined for their favorability to avoid eclipses, the performance requirements for missions to and from NRHOs are calculated, and disposal options are evaluated. Combined, these studies confirm the feasibility of cislunar NRHOs to enable human exploration in the cislunar proving ground.
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Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Williams, Jacob
(Jacobs Technology, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Lee, David E.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Whitley, Ryan J.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Bokelmann, Kevin A.
(Texas Univ. Austin, TX, United States)
Davis, Diane C.
(AI Solutions, Inc. Lanham, MD, United States)
Berry, Christopher F.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
February 7, 2017
Publication Date
February 5, 2017
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Space Transportation And Safety
Computer Programming And Software
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Location: San Antonio, TX
Country: United States
Start Date: February 5, 2017
End Date: February 9, 2017
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Astronomical Society
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Public Use Permitted.
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