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Analysis of Earth-Uranus Direct-Transfer Trajectory for Optimal Delta-V Using Lambert’s Problem

The Ice Giants may become a sought-after destination in the coming decades as researchers aim to have a better awareness of our Solar system- its origins and growth. The interplanetary trajectory optimization is an important aspect of the analysis of a mission to Uranus. This study investigates possible interplanetary paths to Uranus in the 2022-2030 timeframe. It provides a preliminary estimate of fuel consumption in units of ΔV for various mission durations. A variety of approaches can be used to travel from Earth to another planet. It is conceivable to use a direct transfer route with two engine burns, one at a parking orbit around the Earth and the other to capture around the target planet. This article emphasizes a direct transfer trajectory analysis towards Uranus using Lambert’s problem. Different lambert arcs were considered for the direct transfer. Variations of excess velocities at arrival and departure for various time-of-flight were obtained. The ceiling of the time-of-flight was fixed as 16.5 years by performing a Hohmann transfer. The minimum ΔV was obtained for various time-of-flight ranging from 8.5 years to 16.5 years. The ideal ΔV obtained during the fixed timeframe lies between 6.87 km/s and 7.98 km/s. The minimum value of ΔV was observed for the time-of-flight of 13.5 years.

Direct Transfer Trajectory, Lambert’s Problem, Patched-Conic Method, Earth-Uranus Mission, Optimal Delta-V, Interplanetary Mission

APA Style

Gisa Geoson Suseela, Yadu Krishnan Sukumarapillai, Hariprasad Thimmegowda, Pavan Kalyan Devaiah, Manjunath Nagendra, et al. (2022). Analysis of Earth-Uranus Direct-Transfer Trajectory for Optimal Delta-V Using Lambert’s Problem. International Journal of Astrophysics and Space Science, 10(1), 9-17. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ijass.20221001.12

ACS Style

Gisa Geoson Suseela; Yadu Krishnan Sukumarapillai; Hariprasad Thimmegowda; Pavan Kalyan Devaiah; Manjunath Nagendra, et al. Analysis of Earth-Uranus Direct-Transfer Trajectory for Optimal Delta-V Using Lambert’s Problem. Int. J. Astrophys. Space Sci. 2022, 10(1), 9-17. doi: 10.11648/j.ijass.20221001.12

AMA Style

Gisa Geoson Suseela, Yadu Krishnan Sukumarapillai, Hariprasad Thimmegowda, Pavan Kalyan Devaiah, Manjunath Nagendra, et al. Analysis of Earth-Uranus Direct-Transfer Trajectory for Optimal Delta-V Using Lambert’s Problem. Int J Astrophys Space Sci. 2022;10(1):9-17. doi: 10.11648/j.ijass.20221001.12

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