PLANET-B's lunar gravity assist trajectory to Mars

Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi*, Masafumi Kimura, Hiroshi Yamakawa, Tono Uesugi, Hiroki Matsuo, Robert W. Farquhar

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    PLANET-B is a Mars orbiter mission currently under fabrication in ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan), whose launch is scheduled in either 1996 or 1998 as a backup. ISAS is planning to make it fly boosted by means of multiple lunar swingbys and its design and results are presented here. This paper presents an universal design chart for the interplanetary spacecraft that may utilize such lunar gravity assist, based on which swingby point is determined. As a verify practical illustration of this scheme, this provides with rigorous trajectory example that is currently a baseline for PLANET-B spacecraft.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
    PublisherPubl by Univelt Inc
    Number of pages14
    Editionpt 2
    ISBN (Print)0877033803
    Publication statusPublished - 1993
    EventProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Conference. Part 2 (of 3) - Victoria, BC, Can
    Duration: 16 Aug 199319 Aug 1993

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
    Numberpt 2
    ISSN (Print)0065-3438


    ConferenceProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Conference. Part 2 (of 3)
    CityVictoria, BC, Can


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