Low-Thrust-Enabled Highly-Non-Keplerian Orbits in Support of Future Mars Exploration

@article{Macdonald2011LowThrustEnabledHO,
  title={Low-Thrust-Enabled Highly-Non-Keplerian Orbits in Support of Future Mars Exploration},
  author={M. Macdonald and R. Mckay and M. Vasile and Francois Bosquillon de Frescheville and J. Biggs and C. McInnes},
  journal={Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics},
  year={2011},
  volume={34},
  pages={1396-1411}
}
The technology of high specific impulse propulsion systems with low thrust is improving, opening up numerous possibilities for future missions applying continuous thrust to force a spacecraft out of a natural Keplerian orbit into a displaced non-Keplerian orbit. A systematic analysis is presented as to the applicability of highly non-Keplerian orbits throughout the Solar System. Thereafter, two applications of such orbits in support of future high-value asset exploration of Mars are detailed: a… Expand

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