On ballistic acquisition of short period out-of-ecliptic trajectories

Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi, Yasuhiro Kawakatsu, Mutsuko Morimoto, Justin A. Atchison

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This paper presents new orbital synthesis results to achieve ballistic and short period out-of ecliptic trajectories, instead of using electric propulsion or solar sail acceleration. The strategy developed utilizes a Jovian gravity first, followed by polar very high speed gravity assists by Earth or Venus. So far, the use of very high speed gravity assists has been conceived not practically useful. However, this paper presents those still effectively contribute to amending the trajectories periods, and to acquiring small sized out-of-ecliptic ballistic trajectories. The biggest advantage of this strategy is to reduce propellant mass carried drastically.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAstrodynamics 2009 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: 2009 Aug 92009 Aug 13

Publication series

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


ConferenceAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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