A Method for Determining Approximate Propulsion Cutoff Conditions for Ballistic Interplanetary Trajectories

by Louis N. Rowell

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A method for determining approximate propulsion cutoff conditions for any ballistic-type interplanetary trajectory. It is assumed that the heliocentric portion of the trajectory originates near perihelion of the heliocentric orbit. The necessary computation is made without using a large-scale digital computer, yet with sufficient accuracy for many planning and engineering design studies.

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