Cislunar Aerocycler Basics

Technical Design Details

  • Moon aiming problem
  • Downwards lift to solve the aiming problem
  • Lunar redirect change of coordinates & energy gain
Slingshot, Banked Turn, New Direction, Repeat… sort of the idea
Not actually getting into complications of hypersonic lift here, this is just force balancing
Actually, the exit vector here should probably be even more horizontal

Technical Challenges Generating Lift

Variant with only Aerobraking?

The Aldrin design for Lunar Backflip cycler

Applications

Use as Energy Generators

Speculative use as LEO Station Keeping

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