PLANET-B's lunar gravity assist trajectory to Mars

Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi, Masafumi Kimura, Hiroshi Yamakawa, Tono Uesugi, Hiroki Matsuo, Robert W. Farquhar

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PLANET-B is a Mars orbiter mission currently under fabrication in ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan), whose launch is scheduled in either 1996 or 1998 as a backup. ISAS is planning to make it fly boosted by means of multiple lunar swingbys and its design and results are presented here. This paper presents an universal design chart for the interplanetary spacecraft that may utilize such lunar gravity assist, based on which swingby point is determined. As a verify practical illustration of this scheme, this provides with rigorous trajectory example that is currently a baseline for PLANET-B spacecraft.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
PublisherPubl by Univelt Inc
Number of pages14
Editionpt 2
ISBN (Print)0877033803
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Conference. Part 2 (of 3) - Victoria, BC, Can
Duration: 1993 Aug 161993 Aug 19

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Numberpt 2
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


ConferenceProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Conference. Part 2 (of 3)
CityVictoria, BC, Can

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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