Orbit Transfer by Means of a Ward Spiral

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  • F. P. J. Rimrott
  • W. L. Cleghorn

Abstract

The Ward spiral occurs as a result of the study of the effects of drag on the orbit of a satellite. The Ward spiral is also suitable as a climb path when transferring from a lower to a higher orbit, if both orbits are circular. A Ward transfer to a larger orbit is described in detail and compared to the well-known Hohmann transfer, and it is shown that a Ward transfer can have the advantage of a shorter transfer time.

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2019-09-16

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Rimrott, F. P. J. and Cleghorn, W. L. (2019) “Orbit Transfer by Means of a Ward Spiral”, Technische Mechanik - European Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 22(4), pp. 283–290. Available at: https://journals.ub.ovgu.de/index.php/techmech/article/view/1034 (Accessed: 25 July 2024).

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