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1. (WO2018081429) SEQUENTIAL RENDEZVOUS OF SPACECRAFT WITH TARGET OBJECTS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/081429    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/058538
Publication Date: Fri May 04 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Oct 27 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: G01C 21/00
G01C 21/20
G01C 21/34
Applicants: NXTRAC
Inventors: GARBER, Darren D.
Title: SEQUENTIAL RENDEZVOUS OF SPACECRAFT WITH TARGET OBJECTS
Abstract:
Elements described herein provide enhancements for spacecraft exploration platforms. In one example, a method of space exploration is provided that includes identifying target objects for approach by a spacecraft, and determining nodal crossings of the target objects with regard to a selected orbital plane about a central body. The method also includes positioning a spacecraft into an initial orbit in the selected orbital plane, determining one or more orbital adjustments for the spacecraft that are restricted to the selected orbital plane to sequentially approach the target objects at the nodal crossings, and approaching the target objects using the one or more orbital adjustments to detect at least a characteristic related to each of the target objects.