Tag: Mars

Earth-Mars Free Return

Let’s try using the Fortran Astrodynamics Toolkit and Pikaia to solve a real-world orbital mechanics problem. In this case, computing the optimal Earth-Mars free return trajectory in the year 2018. This is a trajectory that departs Earth, and then with

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Porkchop Plots

A porkchop plot is a data visualization tool used in interplanetary mission design which displays contours of various quantities as a function of departure and arrival date.  Example pork chop plots for 2016 Earth-Mars transfers are shown here.  The x-axis is the Earth departure

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