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Design of a Multi-Moon Orbiter

Ross, S. D. and Koon, W. S. and Lo, M. W. and Marsden, J. E. (2003) Design of a Multi-Moon Orbiter. In: Spaceflight Mechanics 2003. Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. No.114. American Astronautical Society , San Diego, pp. 669-683. ISBN 978-0-87703-504-6 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20101007-131136558

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The Multi-Moon Orbiter concept is introduced, wherein a single spacecraft orbits several moons of Jupiter, allowing long duration observations. The ΔV requirements for this mission can be low if ballistic captures and resonant gravity assists by Jupiter’s moons are used. For example, using only 22 m/s, a spacecraft initially injected in a jovian orbit can be directed into a capture orbit around Europa, orbiting both Callisto and Ganymede enroute. The time of flight for this preliminary trajectory is four years, but may be reduced by striking a compromise between fuel and time optimization during the inter-moon transfer phases.


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