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Analysis of Electric Propulsion System for Exploration of Saturn

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Huaura Solorzano, Carlos Renato [1] ; Bertachini de Almeida Prado, Antonio Fernando [1] ; Sukhanov, Alexander Alexandrovich [2]
Total Authors: 3
[1] INPE, Natl Inst Space Res, Div Space Mech & Control, BR-12227010 Sao Jose Dos Campos - Brazil
[2] IKI, Space Res Inst, Flight Dynam & Data Proc Div, Moscow 117997 - Russia
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 0

Exploration of the outer planets has experienced new interest with the launch of the Cassini and the New Horizons Missions. At the present time, new technologies are under study for the better use of electric propulsion system in deep space missions. In the present paper, the method of the transporting trajectory is used to study this problem. This approximated method for the flight optimization with power-limited low thrust is based on the linearization of the motion of a spacecraft near a keplerian orbit that is close to the transfer trajectory. With the goal of maximizing the mass to be delivered in Saturn, several transfers were studied using nuclear, radioisotopic and solar electric propulsion systems. Copyright (C) 2009 Carlos Renato Huaura Solorzano et al. (AU)