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Low-Energy Ballistic Transfers to Lunar Halo OrbitsRecent lunar missions have begun to take advantage of the benefits of low-energy ballistic transfers between the Earth and the Moon rather than implementing conventional Hohmann-like lunar transfers. Both Artemis and GRAIL plan to implement low-energy lunar transfers in the next few years. This paper explores the characteristics and potential applications of many different families of low-energy ballistic lunar transfers. The transfers presented here begin from a wide variety of different orbits at the Earth and follow several different distinct pathways to the Moon. This paper characterizes these pathways to identify desirable low-energy lunar transfers for future lunar missions.
Document ID
20150011975
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Parker, Jeffrey S. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
July 1, 2015
Publication Date
August 9, 2009
Subject Category
Astrodynamics
Report/Patent Number
AAS 09-443
Meeting Information
2009 Astrodynamics Specialist Conference(Pittsburgh, PA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
Three-Body Halo Orbits
Earth Moon trajectory