A systematic method of generating Galilean satellitetosatellite transfers for Orbiter/Lander missions
Abstract
A Galilean satellite tour design strategy is presented which minimizes the approach velocities at the target satellites. A technique is developed such that once a Hohmann transfer is established between any two adjacent Galilean satellites, transfer trajectories to the remaining Galilean satellites can be derived in a systematic manner. A relationship between spacecraft orbital period and perijove radius is used to develop an algorithm which produces transfer trajectories by simply accounting for the satellites' angular position. The algorithm is incorporated into a FORTRAN code which demonstrates that a finite number of realizable trajectories exist in the specialized Galilean satellite tours due to resonance phasing. The basic assumption is made that the orbits of all the Galilean satellites are circular and coplanar.
 Publication:

AIAA, Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
 Pub Date:
 August 1981
 Bibcode:
 1981aiaa.confQR...S
 Keywords:

 Galilean Satellites;
 Interplanetary Trajectories;
 Orbital Mechanics;
 Space Missions;
 Trajectory Analysis;
 Transfer Orbits;
 Computer Programs;
 Fortran;
 Planetary Orbits;
 Astrodynamics