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Astrodynamics

Article Title

Overview of China’s 2020 Mars mission design and navigation

Keywords

China’s Mars exploration, mission, orbiting, landing, and roaming, orbit design, navigation scheme

Abstract

Scheduled for an Earth-to-Mars launch opportunity in 2020, the China’s Mars probe willarrive on Mars in 2021 with the primary objective of injecting an orbiter and placing alander and a rover on the surface of the Red Planet. For China’s 2020 Mars explorationmission to achieve success, many key technologies must be realized. In this paper,China’s 2020 Mars mission and the spacecraft architecture are first introduced. Then, thepreliminary launch opportunity, Earth–Mars transfer, Mars capture, and mission orbits aredescribed. Finally, the main navigation schemes are summarized.

Publisher

Tsinghua University Press

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