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Great, thanks - it also includes one specific tidbit: "A Hohmann orbit is the maximum transit time / minimum deltaV mission. A "Brachistochrone" is a minimum transit time / maximum deltaV mission" which neatly explains why they don't degrade nicely. What would be the 'midpoint' to accelerate to? Would you constantly accelerate in the direction of the target, or towards the position of the target that you expect to intercept it at?
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Hey - I think this is great, it's almost there. I've added a bit of background above as well. If I understand correctly the brachistochrone trajectory could be calculated for an interplanetary burn and it would essentially be the shortest route, using the gravity of the sun to 'pull' the ship in after its burn?
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