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Orbital maneuvers involving gravitational capture and flattening of the primaries

Grant number: 12/21340-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2013
Effective date (End): January 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Aerospace Engineering - Flight Dynamics
Principal Investigator:Antônio Fernando Bertachini de Almeida Prado
Grantee:Fernanda Machado Araújo
Host Institution: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovações (Brasil). São José dos Campos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/08171-3 - Orbital dynamics of minor bodies, AP.TEM


The aim of this work is to obtain trajectories of gravitational capture by using numerical techniques. This type of trajectory maneuver has many applications in a space vehicle with minimum fuel consumption. Techniques involving numerical integrations are used in the determination of families of trajectories. After this stage, these trajectories will be used in missions for validation and comparison of fuel consumption and transfer time with traditional maneuvers.(AU)

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