Applications of solar radiation pressure dominated highly non-Keplerian trajectories around minor bodies

Daniel Garcia Yarnoz, Joan-Pau Sanchez Cuartielles, Colin McInnes

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Abstract

With the growing interest in the exploration and possible exploitation of small minor bodies, demonstrator missions to asteroids and comets are a trending topic in the research community. Various strategies appearing in literature for the characterisation and proximity operations of small asteroids have limited coverage of the sunlit side of an asteroid. This paper proposes the use of highly non-Keplerian trajectories enabled by solar radiation pressure to map and characterize the region around the sub-solar point of small asteroids. Strategies involving a combination of retrograde and prograde orbits together with inversions of the orbit direction by either manoeuvres or exploiting the natural dynamics are presented and analysed in detail. Additional orbits of interest for hopper spacecraft are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
PagesIAC13-C1.9.6.x18172
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2013
Event64th International Astronautical Congress 2013 - Beijing, China
Duration: 23 Sep 201327 Sep 2013

Conference

Conference64th International Astronautical Congress 2013
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period23/09/1327/09/13

Keywords

  • solar radiation
  • non-Keplerian orbits
  • trajectory control

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    Garcia Yarnoz, D., Sanchez Cuartielles, J-P., & McInnes, C. (2013). Applications of solar radiation pressure dominated highly non-Keplerian trajectories around minor bodies. IAC13-C1.9.6.x18172. Paper presented at 64th International Astronautical Congress 2013, Beijing, China.