Design of Optimal Cyclers Using Solar Sails
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Ongoing interest in establishing a base on Mars has spurred a need for regular and repeated visits to the red planet using a cycling shuttle to transport supplies, equipment and to retrieve surface samples. This thesis presents an approach to designing an optimal heliocentric cycling orbit, or cycler, using solar sails. Results show that solar sails can be used to significantly reduce V infinity s at Mars and Earth.
- Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry
- Manned Spacecraft