Transfers between circular orbits using fixed impulses

Houzhi Jin, Robert G. Melton

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Using two impulsive maneuvers of fixed magnitudes, transfers between two circular orbits are possible only for certain thrust directions. This paper develops the feasibility domain for the two impulses, and criteria for determining the thrust directions. Two theorems, concerning the number of possible final orbits that are circular and their radii, are proven. These are applied to an example optimization problem involving a minimum change in orbital radius during the transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Number of pages10
Editionpt 2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
EventProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting Part 2 (of 2) - Houston, TX, USA
Duration: Feb 11 1991Feb 13 1991

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Numberpt 2
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


OtherProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting Part 2 (of 2)
CityHouston, TX, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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