- The premise of a ballistic capture: a spacecraft is casually lobbed into a Mars-like orbit so that it flies ahead of the planet.
- For ballistic capture, the spacecraft cruises a bit slower than Mars itself until the planet eventually creeps up on the spacecraft
- Ballistic capture would be perfect for placing satellites into “areostationary” orbits—the same as geostationary, except at Mars (aka Ares).
A New Way to Reach Mars Safely, Anytime and on the Cheap
12. 22. 14 by Alex Klokus