How space travel is revolutionized with this one weird trick from chaos theory (Wondrous Mathematics)
|Description||"The easy part is getting to space. The hard part is staying there." Crash course on orbital mechanics and introduction to low-energy transfers.|
|Tags||space, mathematics, chaos-theory|
|Language|| en - English |
en - English
|Starts at||2016/12/30 14:00|
|Ends at||2016/12/30 14:50|
We'll start with a crash course in orbital mechanics: How can you reach an object which is flying just in front of you? How can you efficiently change orbits? How do swing-by maneuvers work? Why is the sun so hard to reach, even though the sun exerts an enormous pull?
Then we'll talk about low-energy transfers, a new kind of trajectory design pioneered by Edward Belbruno which allows for vastly reduced energy expenditure, making it possible to reach almost any point in the solar system with reasonable effort. These trajectories employ ideas from chaos theory. The Hiten spacecraft, the first Japanese lunar probe, was saved thanks to those kinds of trajectories. Before you get too excited please be warned that there is a catch: The price for the low energy usage is that the travel time is increased (for instance from days to months).
Please note that the talk starts at 14:00 and not as 13:45 as previously announced.
- Edward Belbruno: Fly me to the moon (download 2007 edition) (link to the fulltext not provided by me (Ingo), I encourage you to buy the book if you like it, it's very nice and makes for an excellent present to share among friends!)
- Shane D. Ross: The Interplanetary Transport Network
- Slides of the talk
- Video of the talk (thanks to @timjb!)
- The interactive simulation of orbital mechanics used in the talk (click on a body in order to accelerate it; "p" pauses, "m" speeds up, "n" slows down, "i" and "o" zoom, "a" to "e" load pre-defined scenarios)
- Simulation of the rotating frame containing the Lagrangian points
- Source code (GPL version >= 3)