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Title: Trajectory design for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission
Authors: Halsell, C. A.
Bowes, A.
Lyons, D. T.
Johnston, M. D.
Lock, R. E.
Xaypraseuth, P.
Bhaskaran, S.
Highsmith, D. E.
Jab, M. K.
Issue Date: 9-Feb-2002
Citation: 13th Annual AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Ponce, Puerto Rico, USA
Abstract: This paper describes the analysis and design evolution of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter trajectory from launch to end-of-mission. The mission uses a combination of propulsive maneuvers and aerobraking techniques to deliver the orbiter to a low-altitude frozen orbit at Mars. The launch/arrival space for the 2005 Earth-Mars opportunity will be described as well as the particular launch strategy chosen for this mission. Details of the aerobraking profile will be provided. Finally, the Primary Science Orbit will be examined, and the trade-offs between science objectives and orbiter capability will be presented.
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