Lunar South Pole to Earth-Moon Lagrange Point 1 Trajectories

Tsutomu John Futamata and Dr. Timothy Usher, California State University San Bernardino, 5500 University Pkwy, San Bernardino, CA 92407

Nuclear rockets transporting humans to Mars with a survivable trip-time has been improved by the concept of a fueling base at the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point 1. Liquid rocket propellant hydrolyzed from Lunar South Pole water/ice can be transported to the EML1 point. This would avoid massive Earth to L1 fuel losses. A key factor in the economics of this EML1 fuel station is the efficiency of transporting fuel from the lunar surface. Orbital and Lagrange trajectory simulations were conducted in a 3D space flight orbital mechanics simulator entitled Orbiter 2016. The trajectory analysis started at a base placed at Lunar South Pole reaching a terminus at a fuel depot placed at the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point 1. This is useful for overall space transportation infrastructure economics study, justification, and strategy. Experiments were conducted in the software to find a ship with reasonable properties for case study and to consider trajectory calculation tools present in Orbiter 2016. Results included preliminary estimates on trajectory regarding paths and propellant consumed. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Tsutomu Futamata

Institution: California State University - San Bernardino

Type: Poster

Subject: Physics/Astronomy

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 9
Date/Time: Wed 12:00pm-1:00pm
Session Number: 6144