Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy

, Volume 81, Issue 1, pp 63–73

Low Energy Transfer to the Moon

  • W. S. Koon
  • M. W. Lo
  • J. E. Marsden
  • S. D. Ross
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1013359120468

Cite this article as:
Koon, W.S., Lo, M.W., Marsden, J.E. et al. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy (2001) 81: 63. doi:10.1023/A:1013359120468

Abstract

In 1991, the Japanese Hiten mission used a low energy transfer with a ballistic capture at the Moon which required less Δ Vthan a standard Hohmann transfer. In this paper, we apply the dynamical systems techniques developed in our earlier work to reproduce systematically a Hiten-like mission. We approximate the Sun–Earth–Moon-spacecraft 4-body system as two 3-body systems. Using the invariant manifold structures of the Lagrange points of the 3-body systems, we are able to construct low energy transfer trajectories from the Earth which execute ballistic capture at the Moon. The techniques used in the design and construction of this trajectory may be applied in many situations.

earth–moon transfer invariant manifolds three-body problem space mission design 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. S. Koon
  • M. W. Lo
  • J. E. Marsden
  • S. D. Ross

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