P1_10 Delta-V Requirements of Spaceflight

Stuart Turner, Ashley Back, Gregory Brown, Ben Hall


The paper calculates the delta-V requirements to launch a spacecraft into Low Earth Orbit and execute Hohmann transfers to the International Space Station orbit and Geosynchronous Orbit. These were found to be 8.03 kms-1, 0.12 kms-1 and 3.94 kms-1, respectively. The paper also includes researched values for the delta-V requirements to travel to the Moon and Phobos. The paper aims to highlight the fact that delta-V requirements for manoeuvres beyond Low Earth Orbit are considerably lower than achieving Low Earth Orbit. 

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