Improved transfers to Earth-Moon L3 halo orbits

Kathryn E. Davis, Jeffrey S. Parker, Masoud Deilami, Eric A. Butcher

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This paper presents methods to compute and analyze two-impulse transfers from low-Earth orbit (LEO) to Earth-Moon L3 libration point orbits (LPOs). The first maneuver is executed in LEO and the second is an injection maneuver onto the LPO. Families of transfers are located and evaluated. All transfers computed required at least one lunar flyby. The lunar flyby characteristics are related to the total C3 of the transfer. The results presented represent an improvement from previous work: orbit injection maneuvers are reduced from 130 m/s to 16.55 m/s, and the time of flight is decreased from 44 days to 29 days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances In The Astronautical Sciences
EditorsRoby S. Wilson, Renato Zanetti, Donald L. Mackison, Ossama Abdelkhalik
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780877036111
StatePublished - 2014
Event24th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2014 - Mexico, United States
Duration: Jan 26 2014Jan 30 2014

Publication series

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


Other24th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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