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 03-25-2011, 12:09 PM #1 laukejas Orbinaut Two questions on interplanetary planning Hello, I'm using Orbiter 2010 P1 with TransX 3.13. As I tried more and more of interplanetary flight, I noticed strange thing. When I create a simple TransX plan Earth-Mars, I have to add much of plane change velocity (about 1.1km/s). Later, when I launch, zero RInc, and prepare manoeuvre with the same settings, trimming as needed, I find that my burn vector is somewhere about 20 degrees above my orbit plane. This, of course, is logical, since manoeuvre includes plane change, but that raises the question: if I need to burn off plane, why not launch in that inclination, that already is aligned, and I can burn completely prograde? How can I make a plan while sitting on Earth that doesn't need to add plane change velocity, but instead, launch in the correct plane? If I make myself unclear, please ask, I'll put in more detail. And the second question: when I am in parking orbit before escape burn (150km), and I have to make a long burn, TransX gives me a vector that is very left of the prograde vector. That means, that when I start my burn, I'm burning towards Earth a bit, and lower my PeA. Sometimes that ends up burning in the atmosphere. Isn't there some precaution, for example, make a manoeuvre that allows to burn me prograde for a while, until escape velocity is achieved, and then finish it in any direction required?
 03-25-2011, 01:28 PM #2 flytandem Tutorial Publisher If you post a scenario or scenarios I would be happy to take a look at what you have done.
 03-25-2011, 06:13 PM #3 C3PO Donator The large "downward" LVLH is caused by the time it takes to accelerate, and TransX's calculations are based on instantaneous DV.(Zero burn time) You can improve accuracy by making the parking orbit highly eliptical, but make sure Pe is in the correct point. As you get close to ejection (ejection minus one orbit), adjust the ApD so that you arrive at Pe at the correct time. This way the remaining DV is smaller, and burn time shorter.
03-25-2011, 11:21 PM   #4
laukejas
Orbinaut

Flytandem - here's what I do:

Scenario Test1 - DGIV on Earth, with TransX plan for Mars, fine tuned, just before launch to 150km parking orbit.

Scenario Test2 - in orbit, in the correct circular orbit, with near-zero Rinc. Manoeuvre is not yet set.

Scenario Test3 - I set up manoeuvre in first stage, using values from second stage escape plan. Question - why even after setting the exact values, if I delete escape plan (reset all values) in stage 2, to see what trajectory manoeuvre will provide, I end up so short of Mars? (open stage 2 in Test3 scenario, and you will see. Manoeuvre values are exactly what was there in stage 2 escape plan).

Scenario Test4 - I re-planned the manoeuvre so that I can intercept Mars. I decided not to change eject date - it is 60583.9563, but instead, add minus off-plane velocity. Maybe that's what causing the burn-towards-earth problem? Scenario is timed 620 seconds before eject burn. As it approaches, you will see that burn vector is severely off plane (orbit hud shows it's about -22 degrees off plane, and about -18 degrees to the left of orbit vector).

Scenario Test5 - after eject burn. As I predicted, burn lowered PeA to a mininum of 129.3km. Not dangerously low, but I guess a trip to Jupiter would made me end up in atmosphere. Note that even though my burn was very accurate, full thrust, small corrections applied quickly to leave DV at 0.003, as I turned off manoeuvre mode, stage 2 now shows Cl. App. of 2.8G, while it should have been about 37M. Why? Burn was precise and quick, why such a difference in final Cl. App.? Did the low PeA (atmospheric braking) have to do something with it?

I would appreciate your comment at my problems.
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 Test1.scn (5.5 KB, 3 views) Test2.scn (5.6 KB, 2 views) Test3.scn (5.7 KB, 1 views) Test4.scn (5.7 KB, 1 views) Test5.scn (5.7 KB, 1 views)

 03-26-2011, 03:46 PM #5 flytandem Tutorial Publisher Got it. thanks. In Test3 you have the maneuver all set up. You entered the prograde correctly but you should not have manually entered the date from the plan. By doing that you are somewhere at random in the parking orbit when you do the maneuver. Try warping to the last full orbit prior to the date of the plan and then set up a maneuver with prograde as you did but then for the date of the maneuver, advance it slowly to lay the yellow dashed trajectory on top of the plan. For more explanation see and about 1:15 into the vid it shows what I mean. If you don't want to touch the atmosphere during the maneuver you might also want to make the parking orbit a bit higher. Not super critical for the burn to Mars but going to Jupiter you might want to have the orbit at 200 Km agl for example.
 03-31-2011, 10:35 PM #6 laukejas Orbinaut Thank you very much for your reply. I think I understand it. But what about that off-plane velocity? Can you explain me, why can't I make a plan so that I launch in the inclination that gives me the right plane for interplanetary flight, so in eject, I would only need prograde velocity, but no off-plane?
 04-03-2011, 06:44 PM #7 flytandem Tutorial Publisher Quote: Originally Posted by laukejas  Thank you very much for your reply. I think I understand it. But what about that off-plane velocity? Can you explain me, why can't I make a plan so that I launch in the inclination that gives me the right plane for interplanetary flight, so in eject, I would only need prograde velocity, but no off-plane? Actually you have done just that in your scenarios. I have taken your test2 scenario and set up a maneuver with the prograde as shown you need. (you already had a maneuver started so I turned it off first then back on). I set the date to a bit before the planned eject date. Then I advanced date to overlay the maneuver to match the planned trajectory. This is as shown in the explanation in my post above. Then I tweaked the date and prograde amount to fine tune the arrival at Mars. The burn is just prograde. So I am not really sure of your question. Here is the modified test2 scenario with the maneuver all set to go. Code: ```BEGIN_DESC test2 modified to be maneuver only. END_DESC BEGIN_ENVIRONMENT System Sol Date MJD 60583.9197032549 END_ENVIRONMENT BEGIN_FOCUS Ship GL-01 END_FOCUS BEGIN_CAMERA TARGET GL-01 MODE Cockpit FOV 40.00 END_CAMERA BEGIN_HUD TYPE Orbit REF AUTO END_HUD BEGIN_MFD Left TYPE User MODE TransX Ship GL-01 FNumber 3 Int 1 Orbit True Vector 867064.878815 -3731246.20241 5277171.91417 Vector -6758.29881156 2599.62765338 2948.51679322 Double 3.98600439969e+014 Double 60583.9178435 Handle Earth Handle NULL Handle NULL Select Target 0 Escape Autoplan 0 0 Plan type 0 0 Plan 0 1 Plan 0 0 Plan 0 0 Select Minor 0 None Manoeuvre mode 0 1 Base Orbit 0 0 Prograde vel. 0 3832.33065806 Man. date 0 60583.9571435 Outward vel. 0 0 Ch. plane vel. 0 0 Intercept with 0 0 Orbits to Icept 0 0 Graph projection 0 1 Scale to view 0 0 Advanced 0 0 Pe Distance 0 7645212 Ej Orientation 0 0 Equatorial view 0 0 Finvars Finish BaseFunction Int 2 Orbit True Vector 148384955740 -103964003.883 20784065452.7 Vector -5123.95041231 -1614.27795933 32648.0715107 Double 1.32712838556e+020 Double 60583.9571435 Handle Sun Handle Earth Handle Mars Select Target 0 Mars Autoplan 0 0 Plan type 0 2 Plan 0 0 Plan 0 0 Plan 0 1 Select Minor 0 None Manoeuvre mode 0 0 Base Orbit 0 0 Prograde vel. 0 0 Man. date 0 60583.9192194 Outward vel. 0 0 Ch. plane vel. 0 0 Intercept with 0 0 Orbits to Icept 0 0 Graph projection 0 0 Scale to view 0 0 Advanced 0 0 Prograde vel. 0 0 Eject date 0 60583.9187344 Outward vel. 0 0 Ch. plane vel. 0 0 Finvars Finish BaseFunction Int 5 Orbit True Vector 2669418577.74 -3372084650.26 -3729777205.14 Vector -1284.5842734 1627.53228684 1800.47128517 Double 4.28282991638e+013 Double 60864.6410066 Handle Mars Handle NULL Handle NULL Select Target 0 None Autoplan 0 0 Plan type 0 1 Plan 0 0 Plan 0 2 Plan 0 0 Select Minor 0 None Manoeuvre mode 0 0 Base Orbit 0 0 Prograde vel. 0 0 Man. date 0 60583.9192156 Outward vel. 0 0 Ch. plane vel. 0 0 Intercept with 0 0 Orbits to Icept 0 0 Graph projection 0 0 Scale to view 0 0 Advanced 0 0 Draw Base 0 0 Finvars Finish BaseFunction END_MFD BEGIN_MFD Right TYPE User MODE TransX END_MFD BEGIN_SHIPS ISS:ProjectAlpha_ISS STATUS Orbiting Earth RPOS 6532621.34 -1188998.19 -984941.73 RVEL -981.389 -7300.867 2270.731 AROT 30.77 9.93 -53.12 VROT 0.01 0.01 0.10 AFCMODE 7 PRPLEVEL 0:0.657364 IDS 0:588 100 1:586 100 2:584 100 3:582 100 4:580 100 NAVFREQ 0 0 XPDR 466 END Mir:Mir STATUS Orbiting Earth RPOS -10187.80 -409583.97 -6639373.39 RVEL 7745.225 51.048 -1.590 AROT 5.69 -2.90 94.19 VROT -0.08 -0.01 -0.00 AFCMODE 7 IDS 0:540 100 1:542 100 2:544 100 XPDR 482 END Luna-OB1:Wheel STATUS Orbiting Moon RPOS 1409830.20 1741695.68 1285.71 RVEL -1149.654 930.469 1.266 AROT -0.01 -0.03 134.72 VROT 0.00 0.00 10.00 AFCMODE 7 IDS 0:560 100 1:564 100 XPDR 494 END GL-01:DeltaGliderIV STATUS Orbiting Earth RPOS -228230.23 -3247073.01 5650398.38 RVEL -6832.307 3408.074 1682.541 AROT 126.41 33.71 143.42 RCSMODE 2 PRPLEVEL 0:0.455300 1:0.973466 2:0.983333 IDS 0:45 100 NAVFREQ 94 524 XPDR 0 ;-------------------------- Skin parameters must contain directory name of skin (without space) MeshSkin spacetech ;-------------------------- Cargo payload must contain name of config file or "none".(see doc) CargoPayload none NOSECONE 0 0.00 GEAR 0 0.00 AllDoorsState 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 1 1.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0.00 But1Cockpit 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 But2Cockpit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 0 20 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 TransEffect 0 LifeBut1State 0 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 4 LevelBatt 100.0002 Emergency_power 10000.0000 VoltageStartBus 0.0000 VoltageGen1 96.2820 VoltageGen2 96.2819 VoltageGenBus 96.0000 O2tankALevel 99.8775 N2tankALevel 99.9831 O2tankBLevel 100.0000 N2tankBLevel 100.0000 CabinO2Level 21.3979 CabinCO2Level 600.0000 CabinTempLevel 21.2000 CabinPressure 14.7000 CabinMoistLevel 36.0000 CabinDustLevel 0.0001 CabinO2Setting 21.4000 CabinTempSetting 21.2000 CabinPressSetting 14.7000 AntennaTarget no_target O2ConsumptionSetting 1 FuelConsumptionSetting 1 MainenginePower 1 ;------------------Crew parameters UMMUCREW Function-Name-Age-CardiacPulse-WeightKg (fonction of Pilot must be: Capt) NoOneOnBoard 0 NoPilotOnBoard 0 UMMUCREW Capt-Mr_Captain-37-66-78 FailGearFailure 0 FailGearCollapse 0 FailLeftMainEngine 0 FailRightMainEngine 0 FailHoverEngine 0 FailRcs 0 FailSurfaceControl 0 FailComputer 0 FailComputerBlueScreen 0 FailAutopilot 0 FailExtRadiator 0 FailAirbrake 0 FailNoseCone 0 FailCanopy 0 FailAntenna 0 FailLeftTurbo 0 FailRightTurbo 0 FailCargoDoor 0 SpacesuitTimer 0 END END_SHIPS BEGIN_VistaBoost END```

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