Spacecraft Trajectories

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NEEP 533/Astron 533/Geo 533/EMA 601
Lecture 9


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Table of Contents

Title Slide 

Newton's Laws of Motion 

Newton's Laws of Motion 

Newton's Law of Gravitation 

Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion 

Essential Orbital Dynamics 

Hohmann's Minimum-Energy Interplanetary Transfer 

Calculating Hohmann Transfers 

Rocket Equation 

High Exhaust Velocity Gives Large Payloads or Fast Travel 

Gravity Assists Enable or Facilitate Many Missions 

Efficient Solar-System Travel Requires High-Exhaust-Velocity, Low-Thrust Propulsion 

How Do Separately Powered Systems Differ from Chemical Rockets? 

Optimizing Trajectories 

Useful Propulsion Definitions 

Rocket Equation for Separately Powered Systems 

Fusion Propulsion Would Enable Efficient Solar-System Travel

Author: John F Santarius 


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Dr. John F Santarius, Fusion Technology Institute, University of Wisconsin, 1500 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706 USA 

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