Optimal capture trajectories using multiple gravity Assists

Stefan Jerg, Oliver Junge, Shane D. Ross

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Graph theoretic methods of optimal control in the presence of uncertainty are applied to a celestial mechanics problem. We find a fuel-efficient spacecraft trajectory which starts at infinity and is captured by the smaller member of a binary system, e.g., a moon of Jupiter, using multiple gravity assists.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNonlinear Science and Complexity
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789048198832
StatePublished - 2011


  • Celestial mechanics
  • Graph partitioning
  • Gravity assist
  • Optimal control
  • Periapsis map
  • Shortest path
  • Symplectic map
  • Three-body problem


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