A3_4 Jumping Into Orbit

Thomas Bradley, Michael Walker, Gregor McQuade, Lee Garland


The possibility of something (or someone) jumping from a moon or planet, directly into orbital motion, using only the initial thrust from the jump, is investigated. A physical model is created using IDL to plot paths of motion from a jump in order to do so. It was found that it is impossible to complete a full orbit of any body in space without landing or escaping gravitational pull.

Full Text:



  • There are currently no refbacks.
We use both functional and performance cookies to improve visitor experience. Continue browsing if you are happy to accept cookies. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.