Is it possible for a small object (such as a manned capsule) to realize a maneuver using the orbital resonance influence of Saturn's moons Pan and Prometheus?

  • $\begingroup$ Is any maneuvering possible, or are you just wondering about the $n$-body problem with natural orbital effects? $\endgroup$ – Nathan Tuggy Aug 11 '16 at 4:18
  • $\begingroup$ A manned capsule would not exert much gravitational force on a second body - so mutual resonance effects would probably be quite difficult to measure. (But, it would be good if you added a little more detail to your question to see if this is exactly what you mean.) $\endgroup$ – Andy Aug 11 '16 at 7:40
  • $\begingroup$ Sending a manned capsule to Saturn would be a very long journey without return to earth. It is not even possible to transport the necessary life support system to saturn using available rockets. Only a unmanned mission would be possible. $\endgroup$ – Uwe Aug 11 '16 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Uwe Only a unmanned mission would be possible. This implies that it will never be possible. It probably will be, someday. $\endgroup$ – Steve Aug 11 '16 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ Orbital resonance is how the gravity of two objects that have certain relationships between their orbital periods causes their orbits to change over time. This doesn't create effects at other points in space, like Lagrange points do. Pan and Prometheus are both very small moons and there is no resonance between them. The orbit of a vessel in a very high orbit can be affected by the gravity of other bodies enough to require station-keeping to stay in position, but these bodies are too small for that $\endgroup$ – kim holder Aug 11 '16 at 15:28

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