Accession Number:

AD0276082

Title:

DETERMINATION OF INTERPLANETARY TRANSFER ORBITS FOR SPECIFIED DATE OF DEPARTURE

Descriptive Note:

Memo.

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1962-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

54.0

Abstract:

A method of solution is presented which enables one to determine arbitrary transfer orbits quickly and accurately using only a desk computer. Coplanar, as well as three-dimensional, surfaceto-surface trips were investigated, and account was taken of the eccentric shape of the planetary orbits. A number of transfer orbits from Earth to Mars were computed for two arbitrarily selected dates of departure. The numerical results are summarized in a series of curves which display the characteristic velocity expenditures for trips of various durations, as well as the orientation of the departure velocity vector.

Subject Categories:

  • Celestial Mechanics
  • Astronautics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE