Tag Archives: Orbital

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

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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

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Orbital Elements

           Orbit Meccanics: 1)    Conic Sections 2)    Orbital Elements 3)    Types of Orbits 4)    Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation 5)    Uniform Circular Motion 6)    Motions of Planets and Satellites 7)    Launch of a Space Vehicle 8)    Position in … Continue reading

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