Global search for low-energy transfers to the moon with long transfer time

Kenta Oshima, Francesco Topputo, Tomohiro Yanao

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The present paper globally searches for two-impulse, low-energy transfers to the Moon in the planar bicircular restricted four-body problem with transfer time up to 200 days. A grid search combined with a direct transcription and multiple shooting technique reveals numerous families of optimal low-energy solutions. We investigate characteristics of solutions in terms of two-and three-body parameters, and discuss a trade-off between time and cost (v) by exploring Pareto- optimal solutions, considering the presence or absence of lunar gravity assist. Analyzing orbital characteristics based on multi-body dynamics, we show useful perturbations of the Sun, Earth, and Moon to reduce v.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2017
EditorsJon A. Sims, Frederick A. Leve, Jay W. McMahon, Yanping Guo
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780877036371
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event27th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2017 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: 2017 Feb 52017 Feb 9

Publication series

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


Other27th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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