Homann Transfer

About transfer orbits or how to fly to ISS

Watch Destin Sandlin from Smarter every Day

Interview with Scott Kelly about is upcoming one year stay on ISS and Reid Wiseman about orbital mechanics and how the Soyuz, uses some sophisticated maneuvers to catch up with the International Space Station.

Particular interesting, is the part where Destin and Reid explain the “Homann Transfer” and how Soyuz, does two Homann transfers to end up right before the ISS.


Handy resources

Homann transfer on Wikipedia
Bi elliptic transfer on Wikipedia
List of orbits on Wikipedia



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