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Shoot the Moon

Koon, Wang Sang and Lo, Martin W. and Marsden, Jerrold E. and Ross, Shane D. (2000) Shoot the Moon. In: Spaceflight mechanics 2000. Advances in astronautical sciences. No.105. American Astronautical Society , San Diego, pp. 1017-1030. ISBN 978-0-87703-470-4.

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In 1991, the Japanese Hiten mission used a low energy transfer with a ballistic capture at the Moon which required less ΔV than a standard Hohmann transfer to the Moon. In this paper, we apply the same dynamical systems techniques used to produce the “Petit Grand Tour” of Jovian moons to reproduce a Hiten-like mission. We decouple the Sun-Earth-Moon- Spacecraft 4-body problem into two 3-body problems. Using the invariant manifold theory of the Lagrange points of the 3-body systems, we are able to construct low energy transfer trajectories from the Earth and ballistic capture trajectories at the Moon. The techniques used in the design and construction of this trajectory may be applied in many situations.

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Additional Information:©2000 Published for the American Astronautical Society by Univelt. We thank James Miller and Edward Belbruno for useful discussions and advanced copies of papers. We thank Gerard Gomez and Josep Masdemont for many helpful discussions and for their wonderful software tools. We thank Paul Chodas for discussions on the SL9 and NEO orbits. We thank the LTool Team for the integrated trajectory with JPL ephemeris. We thank Aron Wolf for a careful review of of this paper. This work was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and California Institute of Technology under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This technology development was part of the LTool task which is supported by the JPL Technical Infrastructure Committee, the Telemetry and Mission Operations Directorate, the Center for Space Mission Architecture and Design, and the Genesis Mission. In addtion, this work was partially supported by the Caltech President's fund and NSF grant KDI/ATM-9873133.
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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