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Weak stability boundary transfer to the Moon from GTO as a piggyback payload on Ariane 5

Quantius, Dominik and Spurmann, Jörn and Dekens, Erwin and Päsler, Hartmut (2012) Weak stability boundary transfer to the Moon from GTO as a piggyback payload on Ariane 5. CEAS Space Journal (Volume). Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s12567-012-0024-3. ISSN 1868-2502.

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In cooperation with the German non-profit amateur satellite organisation (AMSAT-DL), the German Aerospace Center developed the idea of using AMSAT’s Earth satellite P3-D as a baseline for a Moon mission. For cost-effectiveness, P3-D was launched as an auxiliary payload on Ariane 5 into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) and used its on-board propulsion system to achieve a Molniya orbit. The present study describes how a similar satellite can reach a 100 9 100 km lunar orbit with the same launch strategy. A delta-v saving transfer scenario using the weak stability boundary transfer was found to be feasible taking a P3-D-like satellite bus into account. It contains phasing orbits as a solution for non-dedicated launch dates and deals with the constraints of Ariane’s GTO. This approach opens up the opportunity to accomplish a low-cost mission to the Moon with public and scientific value.

Document Type:Article
Title:Weak stability boundary transfer to the Moon from GTO as a piggyback payload on Ariane 5
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Quantius, DominikDLR
Spurmann, JörnDLR
Dekens, ErwinDLR
Päsler, HartmutAMSAT DL
Journal or Publication Title:CEAS Space Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
UNSPECIFIEDCouncil of European Aerospace Societies
Series Name:Space Journal
Keywords:DLR-AMSAT P5 Moon; WSB; Auxiliary payload; Open source; Lunar orbit; Low-cost satellite; Lunar television
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systemanalyse Raumsegment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systemanalyse Raumsegmente
Deposited By: Dominik Quantius
Deposited On:03 Jul 2012 12:34
Last Modified:29 Jan 2014 11:06

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