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AAE 532 – Orbital Mechanics
Problem Set 10
Due: 11/12/10
Problem 1:
Assume that you are studying future concepts for spacebased infrastructure. You
have been asked to provide information on transfer orbits between a space station in a lower orbit
and potential space structures (satellites or another space station) in higher orbits. An OTV
(Orbit Transfer Vehicle) is expected to provide transportation between the orbital facilities. The
OTV is originally in a circular orbit at 1.2
R
⊕
. Another facility – S.S. Delta – is moving in a
coplanar, circular orbit at 3.0
R
⊕
.
(a) Determine the total
v
Δ
and TOF for a Hohmann transfer to deliver the OTV to the space
facility. Determine the phase angle that is necessary at departure. How long is it until the
geometry repeats?
Use STK to plot the three orbits: one rev of the original orbit, transfer arc, final orbit for at least
one rev. Introduce the maneuvers with the VNC components. Mark the transfer arc and the
appropriate
,
rv
vectors, local horizon, and other pertinent quantities.
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This note was uploaded on 12/22/2010 for the course A&AE 532 taught by Professor Kathleenhowell during the Spring '10 term at Purdue UniversityWest Lafayette.
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