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Are there any studies about "ping pong" cyclers between gas giants?

In a sense, this "ping pong" is what cycler orbits attempt to do, you are just overestimating the power of flybys. To make the distance between Jupiter and Saturn in just 4 years (one way?), ...
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How high did Philae bounce?

According to ESA's 2014 article Three touchdowns for Rosetta’s lander, Philae rebounded off the surface at 38 cm/s and reached a maximum altitude of approximately 1 km above the surface. Note that ...
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Is it possible to change to different orbit inclinations with a simple push?

No, a small push will not change a satellite's inclination by 90°. Remember that, when in low Earth orbit, a satellite is already travelling some 7-8km/s. A small push of only some m/s will leave the ...
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Venus-Mars-Venus cycler?

Is it possible to create a cycler that can travel from Venus to Mars, then back to Venus? Yes. When only two planets are involved, there are several infinite families of cycler orbits. Given the 434 ...
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Are there any paths in the Interplanetary Transport Network that leave the solar system?

The Interplanetary Transport Network is not a particularly useful element of human spaceflight because the paths required are mostly extremely slow. It's possibly interesting as an explanation for how ...
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Why does the Buzz Aldrin Mars Cycler not play a larger role in planning for Mars exploration?

A cycler makes sense where there is expected to be a small but steady shuffle of humans back and forth between Earth and Mars on a fixed timeline. Notably boarding and leaving a cycler involves more ...
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Change of inclination using low thrust

I found this kind of counterintuitive as well at first. This is the way I rationalized it to myself: consider a high-thrust maneuver to change inclination. Obviously if it's impulsive, you perform it ...
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Is it possible to "map" the Interplanetary Transport Network?

The Lagrange 1 and Lagrange 2 regions are the hubs of the trajectories that Ross, Lo, Martin, and Belbruno advocate. Szebehely developed equations to find the L1 and L2 regions. Using his equations I ...
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What uses would the Aldrin-Cycler have?

Well, you might get a huge amount of data back by putting a satellite with optical comms on a cycler orbit. A small(ish) satellite on a cycler orbit would pass by Mars and Earth with regular frequency,...
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Are there any paths in the Interplanetary Transport Network that leave the solar system?

I think this basically amounts to asking whether objects can be dynamically ejected from the solar system, and, in general, whenever there is an unstable orbital configuration, eventual ejection of ...
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Would it be practical to fly a probe to Mars using gravitational assistance from Venus?

It is not practical to use Venus to get to Mars in all but one circumstance. I searched for Earth-Mars and Earth-Venus-Mars (EVM) trajectories in a 900 day launch period starting Jan. 1st 2024. The ...
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Change of inclination using low thrust

I would like to share a GMAT example that demonstrates the thrust node changes for the low thrust satellites. In this case my example relays on electric thrust with low Isp and N. Finite burn at the ...
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Range of travel time between particular planets using the Interplanetary Transport Network/Interplanetary Superhighway?

A dynamic system, with at least 3 massive bodies, will have chaos that can, in theory, be exploited to reach (almost) arbitrary positions within said system at close to zero $\Delta v$ over very long ...
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How are Interplanetary Transport Network/Weak Stability Boundary paths calculated?

Mathspeak answer: The pathways of the Interplanetary Transportation Network (ITN) are determined using numerical analysis of a dynamical system of equations of motion to find invariant manifolds which ...
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To go from LEO to LLO describe a Bi-elliptic/Hohmann transfer burn sequence?

These all look like real trajectory design concepts, so let's go through them in reverse order: incrementally enlarging LEO to MEO to GEO and finally reach the equilibrium point where Earth's ...
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Travel time from lunar orbit (EML2) to Jupiter using skyhook only?

Transfer Regardless of how escape from the Earth system is achieved, orbital mechanics pose some restrictions on travel time. The minimum velocity transfer possible is an elliptical transfer orbit ...
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What is the cheapest possible way to land a crew of 2 on the moon?

While the overall scope is too broad, let me address the "low energy transfer" part. Firstly, the idea of "gradually increasing apogee" doesn't save you any fuel. Chandrayaan-2 did ...
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Is the Uphoff-Crouch cycler orbit with 3 passes impossible?

Set your time and length units to LD and lunar period and you can lose the 2 pi and mu. $T=a^{3/2}$ So if you wanted an ellipse whose period was 2/3 that of the moon you'd have $2/3=a^{3/2}$ $2/3^{...
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Secular variation of orbital elements and influence of force components

The formulas (15) and (17) are given under the assumption that both $f_1$ and $f_2$ (the radial and the transverse components of the perturbing force) stay "sensibly constant over one orbital period". ...
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Electromagnetic accelerator in space

According to Newton, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. As the magnets were applied to the craft, it would apply as much force on the accelerator. The accelerator would have to ...
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Low Energy Transfer within Earth-Moon system

Wow, three years and still no answers!. I will give it a try. What I am going to answer applies just for transfers between periodic orbits at the Lagrangian points (the OP asked so many things but I ...
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Change of inclination using low thrust

This is a well-known phenomenon in helicopter dynamics and in control systems. In a second order control system (which roughly describes your low-thrust scheme), the phase angle change is 90° when the ...
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Is the Jacobi constant stationary along a periodic orbit?

Yes it is constant along the trajectory as the Jacobi energy is computed using the initial state vector. From Wikipedia's Jacobi integral: In celestial mechanics, Jacobi's integral (also known as the ...
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Are there any paths in the Interplanetary Transport Network that leave the solar system?

Answer: NO ITN manifolds always connect two LaGrange points. There are no manifolds heading out into interstellar space because there are no LaGrange points out there.
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How would one identify ionic thrust vs chemical thrust in an orbit transfer?

This is possibly a bit of a stretch, so do correct me if I am wrong. Let's assume you have access to the TLE data of the satellite. You could compare the ballistic coefficients of the object before ...
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How high did Philae bounce?

The Philae lander bounced off comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko twice. After the first landing attempt, it bounced to an altitude of about 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) and then touched down again at a ...
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Would it be practical to fly a probe to Mars using gravitational assistance from Venus?

Are you using mods like RSS/RO or with Principia? If not, then the data is maybe not as accurate compared to real life circumstances. But if it is, I would say doing a simple Hohmann transfer to Mars ...
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Trajectory Optimization To The Moon (Case Study: Chandrayaan-2)

A study on such transfers requires the knowledge of : Optimal Control Theory and Optimal space trajectories https://www.elsevier.com/books/optimal-space-trajectories/marec/978-0-444-41812-8 This ...
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Why haven't there been more space missions that use low-energy trajectories?

The main reason is the limited range of practical use cases for low energy transfers. The only low-energy transfers that can be executed in a manageable amount of time are those moving spacecraft ...
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Low arrival V-infinity?

I found the issue, thanks to @uhoh. I was trying to model a low-thrust equivalent to a Lambert's solver, with all the juiciness that comes with that. The trajectories were resulting in artificially ...
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