SOME ORBITAL ELEMENTS USEFUL IN SPACE TRAJECTORY CALCULATIONS
CALIFORNIA INST OF TECHNOLOGY PASADENA JET PROPULSION LAB
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A set of orbital elements is described which is applicable when the motion is hyperbolic and even rectilinear, such as the motion associated with a lunar landing. This set provides a convenient description of miss distance and furnishes simple relationships for many complex geometrical problems in lunar and interplanetary flight. The use of these elements with others which are described enables the computation of a variety of differential corrections.
- Celestial Mechanics