Orbital Magnetic Interplanetary Launch System (OMILS)

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)

Abstract

This paper discusses the way electromagnetic force can be used to increase the speed of a spacecraft. When a spacecraft requires to be sent on an interplanetary mission, it requires a very high Δv which cannot be achieved except with very heavy launch vehicles. Usually, a medium lift launch vehicle cannot achieve a Δv of greater than 12 km/s and thus the probes launched from these launch vehicles are restricted to earth orbit. So, it is suggested that such probes launched by these medium lift launch vehicles can be boosted to a high velocity using this electromagnetic bridge in order to perform an interplanetary mission. This bridge can also be used to boost the speed of hyperbolic escape orbits. Also, this module can be used to save a good amount of rocket propellant. There are two modes in which this bridge can be used. They are Rendezvous mode and Anchoring mode. Both the modes will use the Oberth effect to boost the velocity of the spacecraft.

Keywords

Oberth effect Electromagnetic impulse maneuver Anchoring Rendezvous Electromagnetic rail gun 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Aerospace EngineeringKarunya UniversityCoimbatoreIndia

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