A survey of mission opportunities to trans-neptunian objects-Part II, orbital capture

Ashley Gleaves, Randall Allen, Adam Tupis, John Quigley, Adam Moon, Eric Roe, David Spencer, Nicholas Youst, James Evans Lyne

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Previous studies have identified viable flyby trajectories to several large trans-Neptunian Objects. In the present study, the potential for orbital capture is examined at Huya, Ixion, Orcus, Rhadamanthus, Salacia, Sedna, and Varuna. Transit times are limited to 25 years; all trajectories use a gravity assist flyby at Jupiter and assume launch either on an Atlas V 551 or a Delta IV HLV. For selected cases, payloads in excess of 200 kg can be captured into orbit about the target, with Huya and Ixion being the most promising candidates. While the emphasis of this study is on high-thrust trajectories, a single low thrust mission to Huya is considered for comparison, yielding favorable results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012
StatePublished - 2012
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Aug 13 2012Aug 16 2012

Publication series

NameAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012


OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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