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.
|Title:||Weak stability boundary transfer to the Moon from GTO as a piggyback payload on Ariane 5|
|Journal or Publication Title:||CEAS Space Journal|
|In Open Access:||No|
|In ISI Web of Science:||No|
|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|
|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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