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Modern Astrodynamics by Pini Gurfil

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4

Low-Energy Transfers and Applications

EDWARD BELBRUNO     Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University; N.J. 08544-1000, U.S.A.

4.1 Introduction

The application of methods of dynamical systems theory to the field of astrodynamics has uncovered new types of low-energy trajectories that have many important applications. In particular, for the purpose of finding transfer trajectories from the Earth to lunar orbit. The mechanism used to obtain a transfer that is ‘low energy’ is called ‘ballistic capture’. This is a process where a spacecraft ...

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