PLANE-CHANGE REQUIREMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH RENDEZVOUS IN A SATELLITE ORBIT ABOUT MARS.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The purpose of this thesis is to determine the planechange requirements associated with rendezvous in a satellite orbit about Mars. The geometry of the landing and rendezvous is first worked out along with derivations of appropriate equations. The effect of satellite orbit perturbations is investigated with planet oblateness having the only noticeable influence for short staytimes on Mars. The requirement of maintaining rendezvous capability at all times while on the planet surface was studied with the results appearing as a graph from which the minimum-maximum plane-change angle can be obtained for all staytimes, landing latitudes and orbit angles. Author