Optimized Three-Body Gravity Assists and Manifold Transfers in End-to-End Lunar Mission Design

Piyush Grover, Christian Andersson

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We describe a modular optimization framework for GTO-to-moon mission design using the planar circular restricted three-body problem (PCR3BP) model. The three-body resonant gravity assists and invariant manifolds in the planar restricted three-body problem are used as basic building blocks of this mission design. The mission is optimized by appropriately timed delta-Vs, which are obtained by a shooting method and a Gauss-Pseudospectral collocation method for different phases of the mission. Depending upon the initial and final orbits, the optimized missions consume between 10-15 % less fuel compared to a Hohmann transfer, while taking around 4 to 5 months of travel time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences (Spaceflight Mechanics 2012: Proceedings of the 22nd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting)
EditorsJames V. McAdams, David P. McKinley, Matthew M. Berry, Keith L. Jenkins
PublisherAmerican Astronautical Society
Number of pages15
Volume143 (2012)
ISBN (Print)978-0-87703-581-7 (print), 978-0-87703-582-4 (CD-ROM)
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event22nd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Duration: 2012 Jan 292012 Feb 2

Publication series

Volume143 (2012)
ISSN (Print)1081-6003
ISSN (Electronic)0065-3438


Conference22nd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCharleston, South Carolina

Bibliographical note

Abstracts of all the papers presented at the conference may be found at:

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Numerical Analysis (011015004)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Mathematics


  • Optimization
  • Space Travel
  • Fuel Minimization
  • JModelica.org
  • Optimica
  • CasADi


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