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Calculating minimum time intercept for two accelerating craft

  1. Sep 12, 2011 #1
    Given two spacecraft with different accelerations and vectors, how would I go about calculating the minimum time solution for one spacecraft to intercept the other, assuming that the interceptee will maintain its current acceleration and vector? Note that the interceptor is not attempting to match vectors with the interceptee, just trying to occupy the same position for a moment.

    To go further, what does this problem look like if both ships expend reaction mass as they accelerate, instead of running on pixie dust?



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