Design of Earth-Moon Cyclers Using Primer Vector Theory

Sho Hayashida, Mai Bando, Shinji Hokamoto

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Abstract

<p>The purpose of this study is to design orbits for transporting passengers and cargo regularly from the Earth to the Moon and back. To accomplish this, so-called “<i>cycler orbits</i>” are used. A cycler orbit is an orbit circulating regularly between two astronomical bodies and can be achieved through gravity-assist swingbys. This study consists of two steps. The first step exploits the mechanics of the “<i>double lunar swingby</i>” to realize a cycler orbit without expending propellant. The second step employs the primer vector theory to design low-cost transfer orbits and calculates the minimum fuel for the mission. The proposed method of this study can realize an Earth-Moon transportation system which operates every two months with a significantly lower cost than the previous method.</p>
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)Pd_159-Pd_165
JournalTRANSACTIONS OF THE JAPAN SOCIETY FOR AERONAUTICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES, AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY JAPAN
Volume14
Issue number30
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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