Monthly Archives August 2015

Ballistic Skip Capture fact or fiction?

The concept presented here is pretty simple but I am not a trajectory design guy so if I misunderstand something or misstate something please don’t jump all over me. I understand the Traditional L1 Ballistic capture issue as follows,  In order to get to the moon a velocity on the order of ~3.2 km/s is needed but the moon travels at 1km/s and can only hold onto spacecraft practically at an additional velocity of ~1 km/s.  So there needs to be a large burn to slow down at the moon.  So the total energy to moon orbit is around 4500
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