ERROR ANALYSIS OF KEPLERIAN FLIGHTS INVOLVING A SINGLE CENTRAL FORCE FIELD AND TRANSFER BETWEEN TWO CENTRAL FORCE FIELDS

Krafft A. Ehricke

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Abstract: With the advent of cislunar satellites and interplanetary probes the problem of flight accuracy over great distances in space becomes of importance. The relations determining the effect of an error at cut-off of the departing space vehicle on the elements of its subsequent Keplerian orbit are presented. Motion in a central force field as well as escape from a planetocentric field into the heliocentric field are considered. The accuracy requirements for planet-to-planet transfers are so high that purely ballistic transfer without post-escape correction appears not feasible.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 6, Number 1
Pages: 5 - 23
Cite this article: Ehricke, Krafft A., "ERROR ANALYSIS OF KEPLERIAN FLIGHTS INVOLVING A SINGLE CENTRAL FORCE FIELD AND TRANSFER BETWEEN TWO CENTRAL FORCE FIELDS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1958, pp. 5-23.
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