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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, 81 (1), pp. 49-59. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s12567-012-0024-3 ISSN 1868-2502

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Abstract

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.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/75603/
Document Type:Article
Title:Weak stability boundary transfer to the Moon from GTO as a piggyback payload on Ariane 5
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Quantius, DominikDLRUNSPECIFIED
Spurmann, JörnDLRUNSPECIFIED
Dekens, ErwinDLRUNSPECIFIED
Päsler, HartmutAMSAT DLUNSPECIFIED
Date:2012
Journal or Publication Title:CEAS Space Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:81
DOI :10.1007/s12567-012-0024-3
Page Range:pp. 49-59
Editors:
EditorsEmail
UNSPECIFIEDCouncil of European Aerospace Societies
Publisher:Springer
Series Name:Space Journal
ISSN:1868-2502
Status:Published
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 > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Quantius, Dominik
Deposited On:03 Jul 2012 12:34
Last Modified:06 Oct 2016 12:53

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