Investigating Anomalous Accelerations Seen In Spacecraft Flybys Of Earth
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Luis Acedo is a multidisciplinary researcher at the Instituto Universitario de Matemática Multidisciplinar in Valencia, Spain. His main current interests are mathematical epidemiology and gravitational theories. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Universidad de Extremadura in 1998.

                       

Investigating Anomalous Accelerations Seen In Spacecraft Flybys Of Earth

When a spacecraft performs a manoeuver called flyby, in which it comes along a hyperbolic trajectory towards the Earth or other planets, something strange happens. This manoeuver is common practice in interplanetary space travel because it allows the spacecraft to obtain energy from the gravitational interaction alone, without the aid of any propulsion engine. Calculations of the energy transfer attained in this process were performed by the mathematician Michael Minovitch in the early 1960’s at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Later...

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