DETERMINATION OF INTERPLANETARY TRANSFER ORBITS FOR SPECIFIED DATE OF DEPARTURE
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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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.
- Celestial Mechanics