+ Search Quest
Exploration through Navigation
Description of route and orbital paths:
We are using the Hohmann transfer orbit. We will orbit the Earth once.
Fire rockets to increase speed and orbit in an elliptical path to reach
the orbit of the moon. Fire rockets again. We figured out to land on
a full moon. We changed our landing site to the north lunar pole. Our
destination is the Shoemaker Crater because it is flat, smooth and has
no central peaks. It is also a probable site for locating water ice.
Its size is 20 km diameter.
Sextant, Gyro RGA, IMU Star Tracker
Methods of guidance, navigation, control, and tracking:
We are using celestial navigation with the stars Betelgeuse, from the constellation Orion, and Polaris, from the constellation the Big Dipper. We are also using the constellation Cassiopeia and the planet, Jupiter. We will use a sextant to determine our position. We are also using IMU star tracker system. During ascent we will use solid rocket booster RGA's because they are more stable.
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