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Simulating the interplanetary trajectory of uncontrolled objects is a key task for protecting planets like Mars from contamination with traces of life from Earth. We show that improving the core mathematical model allows to monitor the trajectory evolution in a much faster way, without any precision sacrifice.

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This page is a summary of: Kustaanheimo–Stiefel Variables for Planetary Protection Compliance Analysis, Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics, March 2022, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),
DOI: 10.2514/1.g006255.
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