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Example Solar Electric Propulsion System asteroid tours using variational calculusExploration of the asteroid belt with a vehicle utilizing a Solar Electric Propulsion System has been proposed in past studies. Some of those studies illustrated multiple asteroid rendezvous with trajectories obtained using approximate methods. Most of the inadequacies of those approximations are overcome in this paper, which uses the calculus of variations to calculate the trajectories and associated payloads of four asteroid tours. The modeling, equations, and solution techniques are discussed, followed by a presentation of the results.
Document ID
19850053237
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Burrows, R. R. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Systems Analysis and Integration Laboratory, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Volume: 22
ISSN: 0022-4650
Subject Category
ASTRODYNAMICS
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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