Low energy trajectories

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Cargo could be inserted into low-energy trajectories. These trajectories will take longer then current Hohmann transfer orbits, but will save propellant and thus allow more payload. Low cost of transport will be vital in setting up a colony and in resupplying a semi-autonomous colony. It also allows for some items to be tradable without a tremendous transportation cost.



  • Such trajectories will take much longer then Hohmann transfers. Thus it is not suitable for time sensitive cargo.
  • This means cargo will be exposed to the harsh conditions of space for a longer period of time. This may limit what types of cargo are suitable for these paths.
  • Low energy transfer orbits can only launch when Mars and Earth are in the correct orbital positions. Where as high energy trajectories can launch more often, in larger time windows.