by viewing the orbit of PSP by accelerating the time scale to x100000, we can see its course around the Sun in few minutes.
PSP cross Venus 7 times. Every time the satellite accelerates its speed (slingshot effect). With each approach of its perigee around the Sun, the satellite seems accelerated also.
# PSP crossing Venus: (new Toutatis xyzv file step 3H)
# 03-10-2018 around 08h42 UTC
# 26-12-2019 around 18h12 UTC
# 11-07-2020 around 03h20 UTC
# 20-02-2021 around 20h00 UTC
# 16-10-2021 around 09h29 UTC
# 21-08-2023 around 11h55 UTC
# 06-11-2024 around 18h40 UTC
Currently, Vector's orbit on Horizons is the orbit planned by mission scientists. The satellite is not immune to a voluntary or accidental change of orbit by the encounter with another gravitational object.
Horizons should be regularly monitored to update the .xyzv file if necessary.
What will become of the satellite when approaching so close to the Sun, will it resist?
It will be interesting to follow this mission. Added after 2 hours 4 minutes:
Congratulations to all the speakers. PSP = a live mission Added after 3 hours 30 minutes:
Suisei launched 18-08-1985 by Jaxa (Japan space agency) to Halley's Comet
The structure is the same as Sakigake.
The orbit is not complete. If you find an other orbit ... Added after 21 minutes 54 seconds:
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