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Questions tagged [hohmann-transfer]

An orbital maneuver to transfer between two circular orbits consisting of one burn to enter the transfer orbit and one to circularize in the final orbit.

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Is it possible to supply 47 tons of payload to the orbit with 5 tons of fuel?

There are 2 orbits: Circular orbit with 200km altitude Circular orbit with 800km altitude The space tug is already on the first orbit. Its dry mass is 960kg, the total mass of fuel is 5250 kg. It ...
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Is Hohmann transfer the most frequent transfer orbit?

I have to complete a project for a university exam. The task is to design an interplanetary trajectory from Earth to Saturn, and to compare it with a Hohmann transfer to the same planet. I also have ...
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Why is a Hohmann transfer from an elliptical orbit to a circular one more efficient if done from Perigee?

I was doing some calculations, mainly a Hohmann transfer between the following two orbits... Note my calculations assume 0 perigee argument, 0 inclination and 0 right ascension... Orbit start (400 ...
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Best heading for Hohmann transfer in real life

Assuming one wants to go from a 400x800 to a 1000x1000 orbit. The solution that require the least D/v is a Hohmann transfer, with one burn at the perigee and one burn at the new apogee (or vice versa)...
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How to intuitively explain that tri-elliptic transfers are not better than bi-elliptic transfers?

The question How to intuitively explain that reaching geostationary orbits consume more Delta V than escape orbits? includes the graphic below, which illustrates that when transferring between ...
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How to intuitively explain that reaching geostationary orbits consume more Delta V than escape orbits?

Studying again orbital maneuvers, I found the following plotting the cost of a Hohmman transfer between coplanar circular orbits (black line), in terms of $\Delta V$ against the orbit ratio $r_f/r_i$. ...
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Mars transfer window frequency

According to this website I drew up a timeline of Mars transfer windows and the time you'd need to stay on Mars before the next return window: Blue to red arrows are Earth to mars transitions, red ...
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How to calculate mass of fuel for Venus Orbiter

I'm working on a hypothetical constellation of orbiters at Venus for a school project, and I am currently trying to figure out how much fuel I need in the transfer stage. I have already calculated ...
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How do I calculate wait time to launch?

I want to transfer between two planets using Hohmann transfers and the patched conic approach. However, I am struggling to figure out how long I have to wait at the starting planet (say Uranus) until ...
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Would a Mars flyby be possible on a transfer orbit from Saturn's moon of Titan to Earth?

So, I am trying to calculate whether a transfer burn from Saturn's moon of Titan to Earth would involve a Mars flyby, assuming I have the burn start on 2 March, 2025 and arrival on 19 March, 2031. ...
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What's the reasonable “window” in days for a Mars-Earth Hohmann transfer?

As any popular science reader knows, when traveling between Earth and Mars, there's a Hohmann transfer opportunity about every two years (I believe it's every 26 months, specifically). What I've ...
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From which direction should a spacecraft intercept a target planet's sphere of influence for an inner-to-outer planet trajectory?

Suppose a spacecraft is on an interplanetary Hohmann transfer trajectory from an inner planet to an outer planet. When the spacecraft finally enters the target planet's sphere of influence, which ...
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Brachistochrone variation for Earth-to-Mars Orbit

Wouldn't a Brachistochrone curve to Mars orbit be a much faster and more efficient way to send personnel and equipment to mars as compared to the Hohmann transfer if we used an Ion engine? The below ...
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How can Bielliptic transfers be more efficient than Hohmann transfers?

I don't have an exact citation or reference but I remember hearing that in some specific instances, that a bielliptic transfer can be more efficient than Hohmann transfers. The only possible instance ...
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Reducing transfer time between Mars and Saturn

How would I estimate the transfer time between Mars and Saturn if I have more Delta-V than necessary for a Hohmann transfer?
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Finding Delta V to circularize orbit after a transfer orbit.

I have been working on calculating all the the delta V needed to fly a rocket from one planet to another. I have worked out the delta V needed to raise the orbit to intercept the second planet, but ...
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Voyager Earth to Jupiter journey time

Voyager 1 was launched on Sept 5, 1977 and encountered Jupiter March 5, 1979, a journey of less than 2 years. When I try to calculate the trajectory of the probe I assume a Hohmann transfer from ...
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Is bypassing LEO more efficient when launching to Venus or Mars?

According to the table in the Wikipedia article on Hohmann transfer orbits, when traveling to Venus or Mars, the Δv to enter a Hohmann transfer orbit from Earth's orbit is less than the Δv from LEO: ...
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How is 80 to 150 days to Mars possible at 6 km/s TMI Delta V?

Is the data presented on this slide realistic? Here's the slide: Here's the talk at the time the slide is presented, so you can hear what he's saying with it. I can ...
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Burns for EML-1 to LLO

Wikipedia gives 0.64 or 0.65 km/s for going from LLO to EML-1 or back. I would like to know what the delta v of the specific burns involved are, and if my initial calcs are close, I don't see how ...
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Thrust and rotation strategy to circularize a standard GTO orbit using ion propulsion?

The previous question How much time does it take to circularize a GTO orbit using ion propulsion? has a good, quantitative answer based on a known delta-v. But I'm wondering how would you actually ...
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I'm planning a roadtrip to the moon. What is going to be my best transfer orbit? How far will it be?

Fed up with clouds ruining clear nights here on earth, I point my car upwards, and head for the moon. My car can provide the same amount of relative thrust it can going 65 mph, simply in whatever ...
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Is It Easier To Hohmann Transfer to a Retrograde Satellite or to a Prograde Satellite?

Suppose I start on Earth and make a Hohmann transfer to Neptune. After traveling along my initial trajectory, I arrive at the Neptunian system. However, the objects in the Neptune system are going ...
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Do transfer orbits toward the central star necessarily result in a higher velocity on arrival due to the star's gravity?

Picture a system with three bodies: a central star and two planets in orbits around the central star. The planets' orbits are perfectly circular (eccentricity 0) and their orbital radii are 1.0 units ...
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Transfer to Capture Orbit Delta-V

Computing a delta-V budget from one heliocentric orbit to another can be done as a Hohmann transfer. How does one calculate delta-V for transferring from a heliocentric orbit to be captured by ...
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Delta-V to Low Mars Orbit

I'm making a Mars probe in Kerbal Space Program Real Solar System, and I have 13 km/s of Delta-V in the lifter itself. I have a cryogenic second stage with a KVD-1 engine, it has 7.36 km/s of Delta-V, ...
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Titan trajectories options

As a little project in a course of spacecraft design, I have to plan a mission to Saturn's moon Titan. The recommended trajectory is Hohmann transfer since it's easy to calculate the delta-V and ...
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Do all spacecrafts first enter orbit and then transfer to another body? [duplicate]

I would like to know if all spacecraft that have visited other planets first orbited our own planet and then performed an orbital transfer, or if there have been some that just went directly to the ...
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Orbital rendezvous with low-thrust engines?

The Hohmann Transfer is clear enough; Accelerate on your (circular) orbit at the right time, raising the apoapsis until it meets the target orbit. Once there, burn again to raise the periapsis - ...
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What payload mass can different launchers send in Hohmann trajectories to different destinations?

It would be nice to get an overview of what the launchers are capable of in terms of actual space missions. I understand that this depends on many factors, but the Hohmann trajectory seems to be a ...
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Need help calculating delta-v required for Earth to Mars low orbit Hohmann transfer

I'm trying to calculate the required delta-v to travel from a 200 km Earth orbit to a 200 km Mars orbit using the last equation from this answer: $\Delta V=\sqrt{{\mu_S\over r_1}\left(\sqrt{\frac{...
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~15.5817 — Is there a name for this number?

I've been playing with Hohmann transfers from one circular orbit to another. I've been calling the radius of the departure orbit 1 and the radius of the arrival orbit $r$ with $r>1$. There are ...
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Reasons for using a bi-elliptic transfer for Soyuz-ISS rendezvous

According to the ESA movie Soyuz rendezvous and docking explained, Soyuz uses a bi-elliptic transfer to move from the phasing orbit to the ISS orbit. Why is this more complex transfer used instead of ...
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To what extent could a single Triton flyby slow down a direct Hohmann transfer to Neptune for NOI?

I can't seem to find any good sources online for this, all I get are documents on how Nice model was used to compute Neptune's gravity capture of Triton via a binary dissociation, possibly because of ...