Targeting the martian moons via direct insertion into mars-orbit

Davide Conte, David B. Spencer

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Here, we analyze interplanetary transfer maneuvers from Earth to Mars in order to target the Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos. Such analysis is done by solving Lambert's Problem and investigating the necessary targeting upon arrival at Mars. Additionally, the orbital parameters of the arrival trajectories as well as the relative required Δv's and times of flight were determined in order to define the optimal departure and arrival windows for a given range of dates. It was found that minimum Δv trajectories for Earth-Phobos and Earth-Deimos transfers do not necessarily occur when Δv for Earth-Mars transfers is minimized, but they depend on the orientation of the arrival orbit and the type of maneuver that is performed to rendezvous with one of the Martian moons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAstrodynamics 2015
EditorsJames D. Turner, Geoff G. Wawrzyniak, William Todd Cerven, Manoranjan Majji
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780877036296
StatePublished - 2016
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, ASC 2015 - Vail, United States
Duration: Aug 9 2015Aug 13 2015

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


OtherAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, ASC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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