## Category Archives: Interplanetary flight

## Hyperbolic Departure and Approach

Interplanetary flight: 1) Introduction 2) Heliocentric Transfer Orbit 3) The Gauss Problem 4) Determining Orbital Elements 5) Hyperbolic Departure and Approach 6) Gravitational Assist Solving the Gauss problem gives us the heliocentric transfer orbit that takes the spacecraft from the sphere of influence of … Continue reading

## Determining Orbital Elements

Interplanetary flight: 1) Introduction 2) Heliocentric Transfer Orbit 3) The Gauss Problem 4) Determining Orbital Elements 5) Hyperbolic Departure and Approach 6) Gravitational Assist Solving the Gauss problem gives us the position and velocity vectors, r and v, of a spacecraft in a heliocentric-ecliptic orbit. From these … Continue reading

## Gravitational Assist

Interplanetary flight: 1) Introduction 2) Heliocentric Transfer Orbit 3) The Gauss Problem 4) Determining Orbital Elements 5) Hyperbolic Departure and Approach 6) Gravitational Assist In planning certain types of trajectories of spacecraft within the solar system, engineers rely on a technique called gravitational assist … Continue reading

## The Gauss Problem

Interplanetary flight: 1) Introduction 2) Heliocentric Transfer Orbit 3) The Gauss Problem 4) Determining Orbital Elements 5) Hyperbolic Departure and Approach 6) Gravitational Assist On New Year’s Day 1801, Giuseppe Piazzi of Italy observed for the first time an object that turned out to … Continue reading

## Heliocentric Transfer Orbit

Interplanetary flight: 1) Introduction 2) Heliocentric Transfer Orbit 3) The Gauss Problem 4) Determining Orbital Elements 5) Hyperbolic Departure and Approach 6) Gravitational Assist For transfers to most of the planets, we may initially consider that the planetary orbits are both circular and coplanar. … Continue reading

## Interplanetary Flight – Introduction

Interplanetary flight: 1) Introduction 2) Heliocentric Transfer Orbit 3) The Gauss Problem 4) Determining Orbital Elements 5) Hyperbolic Departure and Approach 6) Gravitational Assist An interplanetary spacecraft spends most of its flight time moving under the gravitational influence of a single body – the … Continue reading