Accession Number:

ADA411096

Title:

Design of Optimal Cyclers Using Solar Sails

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

140.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry
  • Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE